Having understood the diverse concept of Rizq, how it is not just wealth and food, but also everything else that you have been blessed with in your life; from people, to assets, to nature, to the clean air you breathe to everything luxurious you possess, materialistically as well as intellectually and spiritually, we now move on to the methods that will increase our blessings, our Rizq for us in this world and the next.
Knowing and believing that Allah swt is Ar-Razzaq, the Sustainer and the Provider. He swt is the only and the all source of Rizq that there is. From the eyes that you are reading this with, to the laptop/phone you are reading this on, to the small pencil that lays unnoticed on your desk, all is from Allah swt. Your promotion at work, is not in the hands of your boss, but in His swt’s hands. Your boss might be just the means of getting it to you. Know and believe that ALL the rizq comes from Allah swt.
1.Doing Much Istagfaar
Being humble and acknowledging your sins before Allah, thereby seeking repentance, (istagfaar) is a highly merited act of worship in Islam. It holds an eminent power for us as believers, seeking the all Powerful when we crumble and fall, again and again. Not only does it remove our sins, if we are sincere in our intentions, but it also becomes a means of ease and blessing for us. Ibn ‘Abbas said:
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” (Riyad as Salihin 1873)
2. Keeping the ties of Kinship
This, I feel has become one of the most difficult things to attain in our times. With so much unwarranted busy schedule of our life, we have forgotten this Sunnah altogether or don’t really understand its importance. Visiting our relatives, keeping good relations with them, is vital to the social structure of Islam. Today, it is easy to break the ties, then to keep them. And there are good and bad relations everywhere.I undrstand that. Not all people are alike and good, thats natural. But you seek out the good in others and ignore the faults they have. That aunt of yours who bad mouthed you, the uncle who has never anything good to say to you, it would seem normal to keep away from them. But instead try being more forgiving and maintaining the ties, not for them, not for your needs, but only to please your Rabb. Expect nothing from them, no goodness, nothing in return and expect your reward only from Him swt. It makes it a lot easier to handle the negative people in your life, when you intend your kindness, patience and good behaviour to them for Allah swt’s sake.
Narrated Anas bin Malik:I heard Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) saying, “whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.” (Bukhari 2067)
3. If you want more, give more!
You read it right. That is how it is with our beautiful deen. When you give more of your Rizq in the way of Allah swt, He swt promises, to bless you more, with it. The more you spend in His way, the more you shall receive, in sha Allah. therefore, always be charitable. Spend from whatever you have, your wealth, food, clothes, talents, skills, anything that you can help others with for Allah swt, is charity. the more you spend, the more you receive.
The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower. (Surah Al Baqarah 2:261)
The importance of helping others in any way you can, is reflected so beautifully in this hadeeth narrated by Abu Huraira who reported Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) as saying:
He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, Allah would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection, and he who finds relief for one who is hard-pressed, Allah would make things easy for him in the Hereafter, and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. Allah is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother, and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah would make that path easy, leading to Paradise for him and those persons who assemble in the house among the houses of Allah (mosques) and recite the Book of Allah and they learn and teach the Quran (among themselves) there would descend upon them tranquility and mercy would cover them and the angels would surround them and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him, and he who is slow-paced in doing good deeds, his (high) lineage does not make him go ahead. (Muslim 2699)
3. Make Duaa
Whatever you need; money, food , clothes, good scores, patience, wisdom, ask for it, make duaa. We are asked to supplicate to Allah even for the shoelace! That is the power of duaa. Be sincere, have tawakkul and ask Him for increase in your Rizq. Make sure you ask for halaal rizq and not the haraam sustenence to be increased. May Allah swt grant us what is only good for us in our deen, duniya and aakhira. Ameen.
Recite the following duaa upon rising in the morning. (Reference: Ibn As-Sunni, no. 54, Ibn Majah no. 925. Its chain of transmission is good (Hasan), Ibn Al-Qayyim 2/375).
Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’aluka ‘ilman naafi’an, wa rizqan tayyiban, wa ‘amalan mutaqabbalan.
O Allah, I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit , a good provision , and deeds that will be accepted.
4. Get married and have children
Today, because we have made marrying so difficult for ourselves, it looks like we would rather be better off without marrying and having children. Most of the couples prefer to have one or two children, excusing their selves by rationalizing the ever increasing expenses that they come with. However, the affairs of a believer are not so. Allah swt has written the rizq of everyone even before he created us. If you think like, you cannot support your wife and three or four children, you are absolutely right, you cannot. Because it is Allah who will support and provide for them. They are a rizq to you from Allah swt and they all come with their own rizq as well. Allah will support and provide for them, you don’t have to worry about that. He swt will provide for you through them, making them a means to increase your rizq as well. Trust Him swt on that 🙂
And marry those among you who are single (i.e. a man who has no wife and the woman who has no husband) and (also marry) the Salihun (pious, fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female slaves). If they be poor, Allah will enrich them out of His Bounty. And Allah is All-Sufficent for His creatures’ needs, All-Knowing (about the state of the people). (Surah An Nur 24:32)
And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin. (Surah Al Isra 17:31)
5. Be grateful to Allah swt
Allah swt has provided you with everything, after all your shortcomings. He swt loves you and blesses you with more and more everyday. He swt deserves all the praise and gratitude from you. Not that He swt needs it, for He swt is above all such needs, but in this too, lies His mercy for us, the creation. If we thank Him more, praise Him more, he swt promises to bless us more. How can we miss out on such a profitable deal!
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshiping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” (Surah Ibrahim 14:7 )
6. Having Tawwakul and Fearing Allah
Having faith that Allah swt will provide for you, and holding fast onto the rope of righteousness with this faith, will suffice you in every difficulty and poverty. Also, not taking the haram means to increasing your rizq is another important aspect you should remember. Always be mindful and fearful of Allah swt. Always remember, He Knows, everything you say and you do. He is All Aware, the All Knowing. Nothing is hidden from Him swt. Stay away from falling into the forbidden acts of riba and riyaa, just to increase your rizk. You never know what you think is a blessing now, might become a curse later on. Therefore always stay away from haraam, be content with what you have. Have patience and trust Allah to reward you for that in this world, and if not here, then definitely in the next. 🙂
And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.
(At Talaaq 65:2-3)
Some of us are blessed with more, while some are blessed with less.Don’t get jealous or envious or worst curse your life or fate. It is how Allah swt intended it to be, to test us. When we have more, we are tested with how we dispose of it, in what use we put the blessings, we are accountable for every penny that we spend. when we have less, He swt tests our patience, how gratefulness to Him in all situations and how content we are. These are the tests we undergo every day of our lives. Sometimes we remember while most of the times we forget. May Allah swt protect us from being heedless.Ameen. In either case, one should remember, that our life and everything in it, are from Allah swt, and when we return back to Him, the wealth that we hoarded here, by whichever means , will be left behind here. And all that we would be taking with us, are our deeds and accounts of how we spend of them.
I ask Allah swt to make us among those, who will receive their ‘Book of Records’ in their right hand. To make us among those, who are patient and content with what they have. To make us strong enough to resist the temptations of this duniya that is temporary goodness and to help us all focus on the aakhira, which is the eternal bliss.