Sa‘d ibn ‘Ubada came to the Prophet, on him be peace, and said: O Messenger of God! My mother has died. What charity on her behalf is best? “Water,” answered the Prophet, on him be peace. So Sa‘d dug a well and said in dedication: This is for the Mother of Sa‘d.
God made all life from water. That is why watering the thirsty gives a charity unsurpassed. The Prophet, on him be peace, literally named it “Charity Ever-flowing,” Sadaqah Jariyah, because it flows beyond death’s barrier into the Hereafter, streaming into one’s scales of good with God. On this guidance, we have dug and installed more than a thousand wells and hand pumps for the loving departed of families, for people in villages and rural communities across the world who had little or no fresh running water.