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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Part 2: Ways to increase our earnings

This writing is my summary of the book:
15 ways to increase your earnings by Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi

Half of the book was dedicated to explaining what is true wealth and the danger related to it, in case our du'a are accepted (the way we want them to be) and we become overwhelmed with money - so that we do not forget what to do with our money. It is important to say that increase in earnings/rizq does not mean money purely.

The evidence presented here are explicit aayat and hadith which clearly mentioned on how to increase our provision. It is not something like - if you do good deed, and Allah will like you, so He may give you more money. It is more like - if you do this deed, then you will have your provision increased, and this is the evidence from quran and sunnah. It is so clear from the text that i don't need to elaborate.

Way 1: Taqwa of Allah

And whosoever fears Allah (taqwa) and keep 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. (Al-Talaq:2-3)

And if people of the towns had believed and had taqwa, certainly, We would have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they rejected (the Messengers). So We called them to task (with punishment) for what they used to earn. (Al-A'raf:96)

Way 2: Seeking forgiveness nad repentance

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 your gardens, and bestow on your rivers. (Nuh:10-12)

Prophet said: Whoever persist in asking forgiveness, Allah will make for him, every grief, a way out, and for every difficult situation, an exit, and He will provide him sustenance from places that he did not expect. (Abu Dawud - sahih)

Way 3: Putting One's Trust in Allah (Tawakkal)

Prophet said: If you were to put your trust in Allah (tawakkul) the way that Allah deserves, then you would be provided for as birds are, they leave at the beginning of the day, famished, and they return at the end of the day full. (Al-Tirmidhi - Authentic).

Way 4: Constantly worshiping Allah

Hadith Qudsi: Allah says: O Son of Adam! Take time out to constantly worship me, I will fill your chest with richness, and remove your poverty. And if you do not do so, I will make your hands filled with occupation, and will not remove your poverty. (al-Tirmidho - Authentic)

A reminder to all of us - if we think that we could not allocate some time for prayer when we are at work (because we are so busy), could it be that we become so busy because we do not allocate some time for prayer?

Way 5: Thanking Allah

And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: If you are thankful, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, then verily My punishment is indeed severe. (Ibrahim: 7)

Way 6: Frequently performing Hajj & Umrah

Prophet said: Follow up between Hajj & Umrah (i.e continualy repeat the performance of Hajj & Umrah), because they both eliminate poverty and sins just like a furnace eliminates the dirty impurities of iron, gold and silver. And accepted Hajj has no reward less than paradise. (Al-Tirmidhi - authentic)

Fiqh of al-Aulawiyyat by Yusuf Qaradawi: multiple hajj or umrah are only preferable, not compulsory, hence there are other things that we should do nowadays with that money instead of going for multiple hajj & umrah. Of course, one could argue that he want to go for multiple hajj or umrah so that his provision will increase and he may donate more...

Way 7: Establishing the ties of kinship

Prophet said: Whoever wishes to have his rizq increased and his life-span be extended, thne let him establish the ties of kinship. (Bukhari)

Prophet said: Learn of you lineage, so that you can establish the ties of kinship, for establishing the ties of kinship increases the love amongst the families, and multiples wealth, and extends age. (Bukhari)

Way 8: Spending in the way of Allah

Say; Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and 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. (Saba:39)

Prophet said: Allah has said: O son of Adam! Spend, I will spend on you. (Muslim)

Rasulullah said: I swear upon 3 things and ask you to memorize my words: charity taken from a property never decreases it; a man who suffers injustice and is patient with it, Allah will grant him strength; a man who starts begging, Allah will cause him to be poor. (Al-Tirmidhi - authentic)


I will stop there as this note is getting longer. Allah knows best and Akhirat is our main aim.



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