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6 Ways to Increase Rizq (Hadith No. 2540)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2538 – 2539 (below) are repeats. See linked text for related posts.

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 143 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu), “Choose one of your boy servants to serve me in my expedition to Khaibar.” So, Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) took me letting me ride behind him while I was a boy nearing the age of puberty. I used to serve Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) when he stopped to rest. I heard him saying repeatedly, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from distress and sorrow, from helplessness and laziness, from miserliness and cowardice, from being heavily in debt and from being overcome by men.” Then we reached Khaibar; and when Allah enabled him to conquer the Fort (of Khaibar), the beauty of Safiya bint Huyai bin Akhtab (radiallaahu `anhaa) was described to him. Her husband had been killed while she was a bride. So Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) selected her for himself and took her along with him till we reached a place called Sad-AsSahba,’ where her menses were over and he took her for his wife. Haris (a kind of dish) was served on a small leather sheet. Then Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) told me to call those who were around me. So, that was the marriage banquet of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Safiya. Then we left for Medina. I saw Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) folding a cloak round the hump of the camel so as to make a wide space for Safiya (to sit on behind him) He sat beside his camel letting his knees for Safiya to put her feet on so as to mount the camel. Then, we proceeded till we approached Medina; he looked at Uhud (mountain) and said, “This is a mountain which loves us and is loved by us.” Then he looked at Medina and said, “O Allah! I make the area between its (i.e. Medina’s) two mountains a sanctuary as Abraham made Mecca a sanctuary. O Allah! Bless them (i.e. the people of Medina) in their Mudd and Sa (i.e. measures).”

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 144 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
Um Haram (radiallaahu `anhaa) told me that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) one day took a midday nap in her house. Then he woke up smiling. Um Haram asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What makes you smile?” He replied “I was astonished to see (in my dream) some people amongst my followers on a sea-voyage looking like kings on the thrones.” She said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me one of them.” He replied, “You are amongst them.” He slept again and then woke up smiling and said the same as before twice or thrice. And she said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me one of them.” And he said, “You are amongst the first batch.” ‘Ubada bin As-Samit married her (i.e. Um Haram) and then he took her for Jihad. When she returned, an animal was presented to her to ride, but she fell down and her neck was broken.

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 145 :
Narrated by Mus’ab bin Sad (radiallaahu `anhu)
Once Sad (bin Abi Waqqas) (radiallaahu `anhu) thought that he was superior to those who were below him in rank. On that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “You gain no victory or livelihood except through (the blessings and invocations of) the poor amongst you.”

Charity does not decrease wealth. (2)

Along with being charitable, one has to be humble and kind towards those below him in rank or status, enough to have them sincerely pray for you. More ways of increasing rizq (provision):

1. Istighfaar (praying for forgiveness)

Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“I said (to them): Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving;
He will send rain to you in abundance;
And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers”
[Nooh 70:10-12].

2. Upholding ties of kinship

Al-Bukhaari (2067) and Muslim (2557) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.”

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“his rizq (provision) to be increased” means to be expanded and made abundant or, it was said, to be blessed (barakah). End quote.

3. Giving a great deal of charity

Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and (also) restricts (it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers”
[Saba’ 34:39].

Muslim (2588) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Charity does not decrease wealth.”

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

They (the scholars) mentioned two meanings of this hadeeth, one of which is that (the wealth) will be blessed (as a result of giving charity) and harm will be warded off from it, so the apparent decrease will be compensated for by means of hidden blessing (barakah). This is something that is well known from experience. The second is that even if it appears to be decreased outwardly, there will be compensation for that in the reward that results from it, and it will be increased manifold. End quote.

4. Being mindful of Allah and fearing Him (taqwa)

Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And whosoever fears Allaah 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”
[al-Talaaq 65:2-3].

5. Performing Hajj and ‘Umrah often, following one with the other

At-Tirmidhi (810) narrated that ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood said: The Messenger of Allah (sa) said:

“Make the Hajj and ‘Umrah follow each other closely, for they remove poverty and sins as the bellows removes the dross of iron, gold and silver, and an accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”.
[It was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.]

6. Du‘aa’ (supplication)

It was narrated by Ibn Maajah (925) from Umm Salamah that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to say, when he said the salaam at the end of Fajr prayer:

Allaahumma inni as’aluka rizqan tayyiban, wa ‘ilman naafi’an, wa ‘amalan mutaqabbalan.
(O Allaah, I ask you for good (halaal) provision, beneficial knowledge and accepted good deeds).”
[Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.]

Taken from IslamQA

Increase Your Sustenance, Live Longer (Hadith No. 1776)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 281:

Narrated Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu):

I heard Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) saying, “whoever desires an expansion in his sustenance and age, should keep good relations with his Kith and kin.”

Everything from when Allaah created the Pen until the Day of Resurrection is written in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz, because when Allaah first created the Pen, He said to it: “Write.” It said: “My Lord, what should I write?” He said: “Write what is to be. So at that moment it began to write what would be until the Day of Resurrection. And it is proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that when the foetus in its mother’s womb is four months old, Allaah sends an angel to breathe the soul into it and write down its provision, its lifespan and its deeds, and whether it is doomed or blessed.

Provision is also written down and connected to its means, and it does not increase or decrease. Among those means are that man should work to seek provision, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“He it is Who has made the earth subservient to you (i.e. easy for you to walk, to live and to do agriculture on it); so walk in the path thereof and eat of His provision. And to Him will be the Resurrection” [al-Mulk 67:15]

Other means are:

  • Upholding ties of kinship, such as honoring one’s parents and upholding ties with relatives.
  • Fearing Allaah (taqwa), as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And whosoever fears Allaah 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 Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things” [al-Talaaq 65:2-3]

Why You Shouldn’t Be Greedy (Hadith No. 1769)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 274:

Narrated Jabir (radiallaahu `anhu):

While we were offering the prayer with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) a caravan carrying food came from Sham. The people looked towards the caravan (and went to it) and only twelve persons remained with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). So, the Divine Inspiration came; “But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it.” (62.11)

The ayah:

﴿وَإِذَا رَأَوْاْ تِجَـرَةً أَوْ لَهْواً انفَضُّواْ إِلَيْهَا وَتَرَكُوكَ قَآئِماً قُلْ مَا عِندَ اللَّهِ خَيْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّهْوِ وَمِنَ التِّجَـرَةِ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الرَزِقِينَ ﴾

And when they see some merchandise or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave you standing. Say: “That which Allah has is better than any amusement or merchandise! And Allah is the best of providers. [Al-Jumu`ah: 11]

The Prohibition of leaving the Masjid while the Imam is delivering the Friday Sermon

Allah criticizes what happened during one Friday sermon, when a caravan arrived at Al-Madinah and the people rushed out to the merchandise. Allah said,

﴿وَإِذَا رَأَوْاْ تِجَـرَةً أَوْ لَهْواً انفَضُّواْ إِلَيْهَا وَتَرَكُوكَ قَآئِماً﴾

(And when they see some merchandise or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave you standing.) meaning, on the Minbar, delivering the Khutbah. Several of the Tabi`in said this, such as Abu Al-`Aliyah, Al-Hasan, Zayd bin Aslam and Qatadah. Muqatil bin Hayyan said that the caravan belonged to Dihyah bin Khalifah before he became a Muslim, and there were drums accompanying it.So they rushed to the caravan and left Allah’s Messenger standing on the Minbar. Only a few remained, according to the authentic Hadith that Imam Ahmad recorded that Jabir said, “Once, a caravan arrived at Al-Madinah while Allah’s Messenger was giving a Khutbah. So, the people left, and only twelve men remained ﴿with the Messenger ﴾. Then Allah sent down this Ayah,

﴿وَإِذَا رَأَوْاْ تِجَـرَةً أَوْ لَهْواً انفَضُّواْ إِلَيْهَا﴾

(And when they see some merchandise or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it,)” The Two Sahihs also recorded this Hadith. Allah’s statement,

﴿وَتَرَكُوكَ قَآئِماً﴾

(And leave you standing.) proves that the Imam should deliver the speech on Friday while standing. In his Sahih, Imam Muslim recorded that Jabir bin Samurah said, “(During Jumu`ah,) the Prophet gave two speeches, and he used to sit between them. The Prophet would recite the Qur’an and remind the people (of Allah).” Allah’s statement,

﴿قُلْ مَا عِندَ اللَّهِ﴾

(Say: “That which Allah has…”) means the reward that is with Allah in the Hereafter,

﴿خَيْرٌ مِّنَ اللَّهْوِ وَمِنَ التِّجَـرَةِ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الرَزِقِينَ﴾

(is better than any amusement or merchandise! And Allah is the best of providers.) means, for those who trust in Him and seek His provisions when they are allowed to do so.

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

Besides, greed doesn’t do you any good. Allah has already distributed rizq (provision) among His creation. That means it’s already been written what you’ll get, how much you’ll get and when you’ll get it. So wanting more won’t get you more than what you can have.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything to earn your rizq, of course. What’s also written is how you’ll get it, if you know what I mean. #Qadr #Asbaab

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