Legacy Giving

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“When a person dies, his/her acts come to an end, but three: sadaqah jariyah (recurring or ongoing charity), useful/beneficial knowledge, or a pious child who prays for the deceased.”

Sahaba Initiatives Giving program provides community members with an opportunity to give Sadaqa Jariya to plan for an everlasting legacy by including Sahaba Initiative in their will.

Planned Gifts to the Sahaba Initiative are considered major gifts made in lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. These forms of gifts can include equity, life insurance, real estate, personal property, or cash.

The rewards for these gifts continue even beyond the giver’s lifespan on Earth. Up to 30% of your estate can be donated to charity according to Islamic guidelines.

Ways to give

How It Works

  • Include a gift to Sahaba Initiative in your will or trust. (See sample language below)
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose.
  • Indicate a specific amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.


  • Control: Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • Change: You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • Direction: You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (check with Sahaba Initiative to confirm your gift can be used as intended).
  • Tax: Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.

Sample Gift Language for Your Will or Trust

Planned Giving to Sahaba Initiative in your will or revocable trust asserts your confidence that we will continue to serve our mission of enriching the minds and spirits of future generations. A bequest is easy to arrange will not alter your current lifestyle in any way, and can be easily modified to address your changing needs.


Customized Language

If you or your attorney would like Sahaba Initiative to provide you with customized beneficiary language that is specific to your goal and interest, please contact us.

Please see our sample language below:

Residual Gift Language

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid: I give, bequeath and devise all (or __ percent) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to The Sahaba Initiative , a corporation of the State of Illinois, located in Willowbrook, Illinois for the general and educational purposes of said Corporation.

Specific Gift Language

Name Sahaba Initiative as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate: I give, bequeath, and devise to  Sahaba Initiative, a corporation of the State of California, located in San Bernardino, California the sum of $_______ , (or _ percent of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) to be used to support __________ (name of program or academic area.) In the event the need to support _ no longer exists, The Sahaba Initiative shall be and hereby are authorized to use this bequest for a purpose in keeping with the spirit of this gift in the best interest of said Corporation.

Get in touch

If you have any questions for our team, we want to provide the best support for you. Please reach out!

Also, if you’ve already included charity: water in your will or estate plan, let us know! We’d love to officially welcome you.


It is the general policy of Sahaba Initiative that all gifts shall be presumed to be for all charitable purposes (i.e. unrestricted) unless there is an explicit restriction. This allows the organization to apply the funds to the most pressing needs at the time of funding.

The information found on this page is intended for informational purposes only. We recommend consulting with a trusted financial advisor before making decisions involving your estate.

Our team is happy to help answer any questions you may have at info@sahabainitiative.org.