In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Mercifull.
How To Increase Your Wealth!
The Qur’an and sunnah contain information about acts if done properly and for the sake of Allah cause an increase in one’s wealth. The following are some details on these acts that have come to us by the Mercy of Allah through His Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam.
The Taqwa of Allah
“… And whosover fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (of every diffuculty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice Him… (Surah Al-Talaq, 2-3 ???)
Meaning of Taqwa:
Guarding one’s self from sins, and this is achieved by leaving all blameworthy acts. (Imam Raghib al-Isfahani). Implement the (Divine) commands and (refrain from the) prohibitions. And its essence is to protect yourself from His punishment and anger, all Glory be to Him. (Imam al-Nawawi)
Seeking Forgiveness and Repentence
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“I said to them: ‘Ask Forgiveness from your Lord: Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will (then) send rain to you in abundance, and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens, and bestow on you rivers”
(Surah Nuh, 10-12)
Conditions of Repentence:
That repenctance be made purely for the sake of Allah.
The person should immediately stop performing the evil he or she is doing.
The person should make a sincere intention not to repeat the evil act again.
This person should feel guilty over the sin he has committed.
If the sin involves another person’s right or harming another person, then forgiveness must be sought from that person.
Putting One’s Trust in Allah
The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“If you were to put your trust in Allah the way that Allah deserves, then you would be provided fro as the birds are; they leave (in search of food) at the beginning of the day famished, and they return at the end of the day full”.
Constantly Worshipping Allah
The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Allah says, ‘O Son of Adam! Take time out to constantly worship me, I will fill you chest with richness, and remove your proverty. And if you do not do so, I will make you hands filled with occupation, and will not remove you poverty.” (Authenticated by Shaikh Albani)
A means through which people are guaranteed an increase in the blessing bestowed upon them by Allah is the continual thanking of Allah for the present blessing that they have.
“And (remember) when you Lord proclaimed: ‘If you are thankful, I will give you more (of My blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e., disbeliever), then verily, My punishment is indeed severe.’” (Surah Ibrahim, 7)
Frequently Performing Hajj and Umrah
When a person takes time and effort to travel to Makkah, and spends of his wealth for the pleasure of Allah, then Allah rewards him by increasing his rizq (earnings).
“Follow up between Hajj and Umrah (i.e. continually repeat the performance of Hajj and Umrah), because they both eliminate poverty and sins just like a furnace eliminates the dirty impurities of iron, gold and silver. And an accepted has no reward less than paradise.” (Authenticated by Shaikh Albani)
Establishing the ties of Kinship
A proven method to increase one’s rizq is to establish the ties of kinship. This means showing relatives kindness, compassion, mercy and necessitates keeping in touch with them, paying them visits, and inquiring about their health and welfare. Also, one should help them out in whatever way possible, to the best one’s means.
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (salla Allahu aliahi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever has taqwa of his Lord, and establishes the ties of kinship, will have his life extended, and his money increased, and his family will love him.” (al-Bukhari)
Kinship being referred to include all of a person’s close relatives from both the mother’s and father’s side including uncles, aunts, their children, the uncles and aunts of one’s parents and their children, etc. The rights of the parents are followed by the rights of the brothers and sisters, spouses and children, and uncles and aunts.
Spending in the Way of Allah
Spending in the way of Allah, whether obligatory or voluntary, is a way of increasing one’s rizq. The obligatory charity (with certain conditions) are two: zakat (given on certain types of livestock, agricultural produce, money and business items) and zakat-ul-fitr (given at the end of Ramadhan). The third type of charity is known as sadaqah which is encouraged at all places and times. A person can spend his charity on the poor or to help build a masjid, or support an Islamic school, or take responsibility for the welfare of an orphan, widows, or students of knowledge.
“Say: truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and (also) restricts (it) for him, and whatever you spend of anything (in Allah’s cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” (Surah Saba’, 39)
The Prophet (salla Allahu aliahi wa sallam) said:
“Allah has said: ‘O son of Adam! Spend, I will spend on you!’” (Authenticated by Albani)
Emigration for the Sake of Allah
Allah, the most High, has made Hijra (emigration) one of the means of increasing one’s sustenance. Emigration for the Sake of Allah means leaving a land where one cannot worship Allah properly to a land where it easier for the person to worship Allah. It could be also leaving a land of evil people to a land of the Muslims.
”He who emigrates (from his home) in the cause of Allah will find on the Earth will find many dwelling places and plenty to live by… ”
(Surah al-Nisa, 100)
Of course, this emigration should be done for Allah’s sake alone. For the Prophet (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“All actions are only by intentions, and every person (will be rewarded) for what he intended. …” (Bukhari)
Supporting Students of Islamic Knowledge
One of the noble and effortless ways to increase your rizq is by supporting students of knowledge, so that they can be free to study the religion of Islam to the best of their capabilities, without being impaired by trying to provide for their families.
Anas ibn Maalik said, “there were two brothers (that lived) at the time of the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam. One of them would come to the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, whereas the other one would seek his sustenance (by working). So the one who used to sek his sustenance complained to the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam about his brother. The Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam replied,
‘It is possible that you are provided your rizq because of him!’”
(Authenticated by Albani)
Showing Kindness to the Poor
Showing kindness and mercy to the indigent and weak of the society is another way to increase your rizq. Allah’s blessings showers upon a society due to its poor and helpless people. The Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said:
“Find me amongst your weak, because the only reason that you are provided sustenance and aided in victory is because of your weak!” (Authenticated by Albani)
Being Honest in One’s Dealings
A person can procure Allah’s blessings by being honest and truthful in his dealings and transactions with other people. When a person is dishonest and does not care about disobeying Allah when earning his wealth, Allah then removes all His blessings from these transactions, and the person ends up losing in this world and the Hereafter.
The Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said:
“The two parties of a transaction have the right (to annul the contract) as long
as they do not separate (from each other). So, if they were truthful (to one
another), and honest in explaining (the defects of an item), then they will be
blessed in their trasaction. But if they lied, and hid (the defects of an item)
then the blessings of their transaction are destroyed.” (Muslim)
Making the Hereafter One’s Main Concern
When a believer sets the Hereafter as his primary goal, Allah provides for them in this life as well. When the slave realizes the ultimate goal and strives to achieve it, Allah provides al the sustenance and resources need while the slave traverses the path to reach his goal.
Zayd ibn Thabit reported that he heard the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam say:
“Whoever puts this world as his only (and primary) goal, then Allah will
divide his affairs for him, and He will place poverty right before his very
eyes, and nothing will come to him of this world except that which was
already written (i.e. predestined) for him. But whoever made the Hereafter his
goal, then Allah will gather his affairs for him, and He will place richness in
his heart, and the world will come to him conquered and submissive.”
(Authenticated by Albani)
Striving to Achieve the Goal
The religion of Islam is a wonderful one. It combines for its followers the benefits of this world and the Hereafter. So, after a Muslim has taken all the necessary steps in order to aearn money – by making his inteneions pure , and having taqwa of Allah, and eing honest in his dealings, etc. – he then must strive physically to achieve this hgoal. It is not feasible to gain rizq without striving for it.