It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: Ongoing charity (sadaqah jariya), beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him. – Sunan an-Nasa’i 3651
Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah said: Never does a Muslim plant trees or cultivate land and birds or man or beast eat out from them but that is charity on his behalf. – Sahih Muslim 1553a
Anything good that is benefitted from after a person’s demise is sadaqah jariya (ongoing charity). If you believe in the Hereafter, or you don’t, you have nothing to lose in ‘immortalising’ yourself this way. Here are some ways to do so:
• Writing a book that is beneficial to people even after the author’s death
• Planting a tree from which people and animals seek shade/shelter and nutrition
• Digging a well/borehole from which people benefit from
• Building a hospital, an orphanage, a mosque, a school that outlives one. A mosque has the extra benefit of being equal to a mansion in Al-Jannah
The list is by no means exhaustible. You can think up creative ways and share in the comment section.
So, now you know, what are you going to do to eternalize your good deeds?