Ramadan come and go. Every year during Ramadan, we increase our amals (deeds) so as to get more rewards. It would be nice if these amals can be sustained forever so that we get rewarded forever. However that is not the case. After Ramadan, we are back to normal and our normal means doing less than what we do in Ramadan.
During Ramadan we get motivated by others. For example everybody is eager to do tarawih prayers and we also get motivated to do the same even though the 20 rakaats of tarawih prayer can be very tiring especially when Ramadan falls during the summer months. We find these deeds easier to be done in congregation. By seeing the determination of others, we also feel determined to do the same or better. After Ramadan we tend to do less and subsequently the rewards we get will be lesser. Is it possible for us do some good deeds that we start in Ramadan for example and get rewarded forever even after the end of Ramadan?
The answer is yes if the deed that we do is classified under amal jariyah or continuous deeds. The rewards we get will not be limited to our lifetime but will also be extended after our death. So amal jariyah is indeed a very good investment opportunity that brings tremendous profitability. Deeds that come under the category of amal jariyah are plentiful. These can be the teaching of beneficial knowledge or the raising up of pious children who will supplicate for us after our death. It can also be the building of infrastructures such as well, irrigation or anything that benefit people for a long time. The method of building infrastructure changes through time. In the past the delivery of knowledge, for example, were though personal teaching and books but the advancement in technology has brought new ways of building infrastructures for the delivery of knowledge.
Infrastructures last a long time and building them demand a collective effort. As a community, we have to think of building the necessary infrastructures that our descendants can benefit even after our death. Our deeds in building the infrastructures will be our amal jariyah and we will be rewarded after death for the tiny investment that we made during our lifetime. We can give a lot of suggestions, but suggestions alone will not materialise unless it is accompanied with the determination to make it happen. Let us work together in identifying the infrastructures that can build collectively so as to benefit the current and future generations of Malays in the UK. Let us make this Ramadan as a trigger to embark on a new amal jariyah infrastructure project. By working collectively, the impossible can become doable inshaAllah.