Nine ways to Upgrade your Sadaqah

Want to give Sadaqah this Ramadan? You can do even better and at no additional cost! We’ll help you turn your Sadaqah donations into Sadaqah Jariyah donations that won’t break the bank.

Sadaqah Jariyah is different from Sadaqah. It allows the giver to reap the blessings of their charity, in this life and the hereafter, for as long as others continue to benefit from whatever it was that charity provided. Shaukat Khanum Hospital was built with the Sadaqah Jariyah of Imran Khan and the many generous people who united to make free cancer care in Pakistan a reality. Two and a half decades later, thousands of Pakistan’s poorest are still finding healing at our hospitals. Can you imagine the rewards our donors continue to receive, as well as the prayers of every patient who is grateful for a fair chance at survival?

When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which [he has passed on and] is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him. (Muslim)

Here are nine Sadaqah Jariyah options, at various price bands, to suit every budget.  They will multiply the benefits of your gift to others, and multiply your rewards for years to come:


Taking on the cost of cancer care, or building a hospital ward, might be a tall order for many of us this Ramadan. But our Sadaqah Jariyah, combined, can build Shaukat Khanum Hospital Karachi. It will be constructed at a cost of £70 million, and at one million square feet, it will be twice the size of our hospital in Lahore. Your donation of bricks will allow us to house and treat thousands of patients, every year, for years to come. Giving Sadaqah Jariyah to a hospital that provides healing is a rewarding way to reap the blessings of your charity this Ramadan.

£100 – AMBU BAG

Otherwise known as a bag valve mask (BVM), an Ambu bag is a handheld medical device used to deliver positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing sufficiently or effectively. These don’t have a shelf life, though manufacturers recommend replacing them every five years. That’s five years or more of rewards for every life your Ambu bag saves.


Medical refrigerators are one of the most important pieces of equipment in any lab. These appliances are used to store biological materials like fluids and other substances and maintain them in a controlled environment. They are vital in the diagnoses and treatment of thousands of cancer patients who seek healing at Shaukat Khanum Hospitals every year.


We’re building a third cancer hospital in Karachi. Because for poor people in the Sindh province, making the journey to our hospital in Lahore is a long, expensive, and difficult process. This often means that many patients who eventually reach us from that region have lost valuable time. And when treating cancer, time means everything. The bricks you donate to the Karachi hospital construction will allow us to provide healing for poor cancer patients for years to come.


Lead aprons help reduce a patient’s exposure to diagnostic X-rays. During medical imaging that uses X-rays, these aprons help us protect a patient’s vital organs when potentially exposed to ionizing radiation. The lifespan of a lead apron is an estimated 10 years. Your Sadaqah Jariyah will protect scores of patients, furnishing you with the blessings of helping each of them over this time.


Vital to endoscopic procedures or operations, this instrument is used to apply surgical clips to body tissue. They are designed to deliver superior retention and efficient ligation, with minimal vessel damage. Imagine all the patients that will undergo successful endoscopic surgeries and/or procedures, thanks to the clip applier you donate.


Also known as a syringe driver, this is a small infusion pump. It allows us to administer small amounts of fluids to patients through continuous, intravenous infusion. With a maximum volume of 50 ml, syringe pumps are used to administer medications that have very small hourly volumes. They are vital to our treatment of cancer patients and benefit hundreds of patients receiving care at Shaukat Khanum Hospital each year.


This medical device is used for chemotherapy and is invaluable in our treatment of cancer patients. It delivers fluids, such as nutrients and medication, into a patient’s body in controlled amounts. These machines have a life expectancy of 7-10 years. So, your single donation will not only reap the blessings of being multiplied ten-fold in the month of Ramadan, but it will continue to do so with each patient it allows us to treat over the many years that it is used.


Become a founding donor of the new cancer hospital we are building in Karachi and enable thousands of needy patients to receive life-saving medical care for years to come. Shaukat Khanum Karachi will have forty-seven outpatient examination rooms, a sixty-nine-bed chemotherapy facility, two-hundred-and-eight-eight inpatient beds, sixteen operation theatres, and twenty-four intensive care beds all equipped with the latest technology, including state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities and the latest in treatment planning and delivery systems. Every donation will be honoured with a dedication plaque that bears the donor’s name.

For more than two decades, we’ve been investing Sadaqah Jariyah into healthcare projects with ongoing benefits to our patients, and ongoing rewards for our donors. Join us and reap the blessings of your charity in this life and the hereafter, Insha’Allah.

Sadaqah Jariyah FAQs

1. Can you give on behalf of the deceased?

Sadaqah Jariyah can even be given on behalf of a loved one, living or deceased. So, the ongoing rewards of the Sadaqah Jariyah you give here will reach loved ones who have passed away, furnishing their hereafter with blessings and ease:

Sa’d ibn ‘Ubaadah asked the Prophet ﷺ, “O Messenger of Allah, my mother has died when I was absent. Will it benefit her if I give in charity on her behalf?” Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Yes.” So he said: “I ask you to bear witness that my garden that bears fruit is given in charity on her behalf.” (Bukhari)

2. What does IKCA use my Sadaqah Jariyah for?

When you give Sadaqah Jariyah to Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA), we use it to build hospitals for the poor and to purchase essential medical equipment to heal the sick. This helps us diagnose, treat, and support cancer patients for many years to come. So, a single Sadaqah Jariyah donation this Ramadan will allow you to multiply the blessings of your good deeds by tenfold at the minimum!

3. How does giving Sadaqah vary from giving Sadaqah Jariyah?

While Sadaqah affords you one-off blessings for your charity, Sadaqah Jariyah allows you to reap blessings for as long as your charity continues to benefit others. An example of Sadaqah might be a donation you give to feed a cancer patient. Sadaqah Jariyah on the other hand is when you give towards building or furnishing a hospital with medical equipment, which will continue to provide healing to many sick people over many years. That means you continue to receive rewards for your Sadaqah Jariyah for as long as the needy benefit from your donation.

4. Why should I give my Sadaqah Jariyah to a cancer charity?

The Sadaqah Jariyah you give is vital to the work we do. It has allowed us to build two cancer hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar to date. Now we’re building a third cancer hospital in Karachi, again with Sadaqah Jariyah given by donors worldwide. Karachi currently has the highest rate of oral cancer in Pakistan and cancer of the gastrointestinal tract is also rapidly rising amongst the population. Your Sadaqah Jariyah will be a lifeline for the thousands of families living with cancer. Find out more by visiting our Karachi Hospital Project page.

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