Fixing a broken item found on the road and then making it Waqf

Question 15: I found a broken-down water cooler near the Masjid (mosque), so I fixed it and placed it in front of my house near the Masjid. I intended it to be a Sadaqah Jaariyah (ongoing charity) for its first owner, my father, my mother and myself equally. Please tell me: Is this permissible or not?

Answer: If the water cooler is dedicated to the Masjid or if its owner has intended it to be for the Masjid, you must return it beside it and you will be rewarded for fixing it. However, if the cooler has been discarded and thrown in the street, there is no harm in what you have done… read more here.

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Dedicating the reward of the Waqf (endowment) of Mus-hafs (copies of the Qur’aan)

Question 1: My father died 10 years ago and since then I have given Sadaqah (voluntary charity) on his behalf. I would buy some Mus-hafs (copies of the Qur’aan) and put them in the village Masjid (mosque) which is short of them. I type on each Mus-haf the words: “This is Waqf (endowment) whose reward is dedicated to Muhammad Muhammad Faraj, may Allaah be merciful to him”. What is the Islaamic ruling on this? Is this Haraam (prohibited)? Should I only write “This is Waqf” and not write anything else? Please guide me to the best way in this regard. May Allaah be merciful to you!

Answer: It is a good deed to give Sadaqah on your father’s behalf and dedicate the reward of endowing the Mus-hafs to him, may Allaah accept that from you… read more here.