at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Allah’s Promises of Rizq


First off all let’s agree on the meaning of Rizq by the help of what Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed (damat barkatuhum) mentioned in one of his lectures:

“All aspects of a person’s subsistence and livelihood fall under the definition of rizq, including but not restricted to wealth, status, business and children.”

We see in this capitalist scoiety, everyone will do anything that is possible to gain their Rizq. People think they are expanding their rizq by doing haram, opening liquor shops, but they aren’t. Islam tells us the rizq is assigned at our birth and on top of that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala made five promises of Rizq. Exactly on these I’ll try to shed some light on in this topic.

1. TAQWA

“And whoever fears Allah, for him Allah brings forth a way out, and gives him provision (rizq) from where he does not even imagine…” (Surah At-Talaq: 2/3)

In reference to this Ayaat-i-Karima Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Sahab (nawarallahu marqadahu) writes in his Tafsir Ma’ariful Qur’an the following explanation of Taqwa: 

“The word taqwa primarily and literally means ‘to guard’ or ‘to refrain’. In Islamic terminology it signifies ‘to guard against sins’. When the word is related to Allah, it is translated as ‘to fear Allah’ and implies ‘to avoid disobedience of Allah and guard against sins’.”

Once, Saiyyidina Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiallahu anho) asked Saiyyidina Ka’ab Ahbaar (radhiallahu anho): “What is the reality of Taqwa?”

Ka’ab (radhiallahu anho) said: “Have you ever passed a thorny tree?”

Umar (radhiallahu anho) answered: “Yes.”

Ka’ab (radhiallahu anho) asked: “How did you pass?”

Umar (radhiallahu anho) answered: “I passed with such care that I ensured that no thorn got caught into my hem.”

Ka’ab (radhiallahu anho) then elaborated: “In the very same way, the reality of Taqwa is for one to save himself from the thorns of sins and negligence.”

So, this is the first thing with which Allah Ta’ala promised the righteous believers, that He will ease every difficulty of theirs and provide for them all their needs from resources they never expected or thought about.

Listen to this Jumu’ah Bayan by Hahdrat Maulana Yunus Patel Sahib from South Africa on the topic of “Promise of Rizq from unknown sources upon Taqwa”.

2. DAILY FIVE PRAYERS

Everyone who ever spend time in Jama’at should know that through the daily five prayers Allah Ta’ala makes the rizq easy – if you don’t then you should definitely spend time in the way of Allah. Anyone for 4 months? Anyway…

A hadith states: “Salaah is the cause of Allah’s pleasure: It is a beloved act of the Malaikah (angels), a sunnah of the Ambiyaa (alayhimus salam), the nur (light) of ma’rifah is achieved by it, du’aas are accepted, and barakah in rizq is attained.”

Once a Sahabi (radhiallahu anho) said: “When the household of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) experienced difficulty in their expenses he commanded the performing of salaah, and recited this aayah:

“And enjoin upon thy people worship, and be constant therein. We ask not of thee a provision: We provide for thee. And the sequel is for righteousness.” (Surah Ta Ha: 132)”

3. ISTIGHFAR

Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said in another Hadith: “The one who seeks forgiveness for Muslim males and females from Allah Ta’aala twenty six or twenty five times every day, Allah Ta’ala will count that person among those whose Du’a is accepted, and through the barakah of whom those on earth gain rizq (sustenance).”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) not only made himself 70 till 100 times a day Istighfar and Taubah, but as well enjoined the Muslims to ask Allah Ta’ala frequently for forgiveness. One of the many virtues of Istighfar, that can be found in Ahadith, is that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala deals with the person engaging much in Istighfar in a similar way like with the servant attaining Taqwa.

Sayyidina Abdullah bin Abbas (radhiallahu anho) narrates that Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah ‘Azza Wa-Jalla will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”

4. TAWAKKUL ON ALLAH

Tawakkul on Allah could be translated as sincere reliance on Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. In our context right now it means to be 100% convinced that Allah will definitely give me the rizq, that He has fixed for me. If all creations of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (malaikah, jinns, humans, animals etc.) come together to change something about that, they simply can not.

Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said: “If you have proper and sincere tawakkul (reliance) on Allah Ta’ala. He will grant you rizq like the birds are given rizq, who come out of their nests in the morning with empty stomachs and return to their nests in the evening with a full stomach. Allah Ta’aala says:

“And whoever places his trust in Allah, He is sufficient for him.” (Surah At-Talaq: 3)”

That’s how the Ayaat quoted above continues. Subhan’Allah, what an amazingly illustrious example our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has given, may Allah shower His blessings upon him and his family.

Sayyidina Imraan bin Husayn (radhiallahu anho) narrates from Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) that: “The person who (sincerely) relies on Allah Ta’aala, Allah Ta’aala will suffice for all the responsibilities of that person. Rizq will be received from such sources, whence it cannot be imagined. The one who relies on the (material) world, Allah Ta’aala hands that person over to the world.”

Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Zakariyya Kandhalvi (rahimullah ta’ala) mentions in his notorious book Fadhail-e-Sadaqat the following saying of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), which emphasis on relying on the power of Allah Ta’ala:

“One who wishes to become the most strongest, should make tawakkul on Allah Ta’aala. One who wishes to become the most respectful, should adopt taqwa (piety). The one who wishes to become the most wealthiest, should rely more in the qudrah (power) of Allah than that which is in ones possession.”

5. INFAAQ FISABILILLAH

It’s no secret that when spending or giving charity in the path of Allah, Allah Ta’ala according to His boundless mercy gives back much times more. There are many Ahadith regarding this, but to spare you time I’ll just type the incident of Hadhrat Sayyidina Ali (karamallahu wajuhu) and a beggar which will make you understand this concept very easily.

Hadhrat Ubaydullah bin Muhammad bin Aisha narrates that when a beggar came to the Ameerul Mu’mineen Hahdrat Ali (radhiallahu ano), he said to (his son) Hadhrat Hasan (radhiallahu anho) or Hadhrat Husayn (radhiallahu anho), “Go to your mother and tell her to give one of the six Dirhams that I had left with her.” His son went and later returned with the message that she said, “You had left the six Dirhams to purchase flour.” Hadhrar Ali (radhiallahu anho) said, “The Iman of a person cannot be true until he has more trust in that which is in Allah’s hands than that which is in his hands.” He then sent a message to her to send all six Dirhams. When she did so, he gave it all to the beggar.

Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anho) had not yet even changed his posture when a man arrived selling a camel. “How much for the camel?” Hahdrat Ali (radhiallahu anho) asked. “A hundred and forty Dirhams,” the man replied. Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anho) told the man to tie the camel by him with the understanding that he would pay for it after a while. The man tied the camel there and then left. Another man then passed by and asked who the camel belonged to. When Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anho) informed him that the camel was his, the man asked him whether he would sell it. “Certainly,” replied Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anho). “How much?”, he asked. “For two hundred Dirhams,” was the reply. The man agreed to buy it, handed over the two hundred Dirhams and then took the camel.

Hadhrat Ali (karamallahu wajuhu) then paid a hundred and forty Dirhams to the man whom he had promised to pay and then returned with sixty Dirhams to (his wife) Hadhrat Fatima (radhiallahu anha). Seeing the money she asked, “What is this?” Hadhrat Ali (radhiallahu anho) replied, “This is what Allah promised us on the lips of His Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam):

“Whoever brings (carries out) a good act will recieve ten times as much.” (Surah An’aam: 160)”

Subhan’Allah, do I need to say anything more except that this is no fairy tale but a true incident?! The Ulema-i-Kiram have explained many more halal ways of increasing the barakah in your Rizq, but these are the five big points I’ve been taught:

Taqwa, Namaz, Istighfar, Tawakkul and Infaq Fisabilillah.

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot Asbab. There are no promises of Allah attached to Asbab, but our Yaqeen nowadays is made on them. May Allah forgive us and bring all these attributes into our life. Ameen!

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52 Responses

  1. abdulmomin says:

    Beautiful MashaAllah!

    Indeed the correct way of understanding the real Islam is to refer to the Holy Quran as the basis for all knowledge and then understanding the Sunnah and Hadith in its light. Anything that cannot be linked back to the Quran cannot be declared an integral part of Islam. We must be very careful when we assume that something is or is not part of Islam. Allah has protected the Holy Book for this very purpose that no matter how much time passes the word of Allah remains pure and provides guidance to those who truly want to submit to his will and stay on course to becoming true Muslims.
    The values, injunctions, and the principles enshrined in the Book form the corner stone of the Islamic polity and the limits laid down by it provide the framework within which the laws of the Islamic State may be formulated. These principles, or limits, or framework, are immutable, but the statutes made by the State within these four corners are open to modification and change according to the needs of the times.

    The Qur’an is the last of the Divine Books, because Messenger-hood ended with Muhammad. No subsequent human opinion or pronouncement in matters of deen, therefore, can be recognized as authoritative; nor can any man-made law repugnant to the Qur’an be regarded as binding upon the Muslims. The Qur’an is a book of guidance for all mankind and transcends the barriers of time and space. The Islamic State is an instrument for the enforcement of the Laws and Injunctions embodied in the Qur’an.
    May Allah guide us and have mercy on us. Ameen.
    Abdul Momin
    http://www.quransunnat.com

  2. Although as Muslims, we should believe in Quran from the bottom of our hearts as it is our Creator’s words to us, we should also take inspiration by the many miracles of Quran. The more you read, the more miracles will dawn on you and the more it will inspire you to read more.

  3. Abdul Majid says:

    Mashallah a very nice article. Good reminder.

    Jazakallah

  4. Jourdeen77 says:

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  5. Tauqeer Ali says:

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  10. zakariya says:

    Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Zakariyya Kandhalvi (rahimullah ta’ala) mentions in his notorious book Fadhail-e-Sadaqat.

    Grateful if you can explain ” mentions in his notorious book”,,otherwise u need to make istighfar too for making his remark..

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  12. Raheel Shahbaaz Hussain says:

    this article has cleared my big doubts on rizq.

    May allah guide all of us

    May allah Bless the one who is taking great effort to realize allah

    Allah will not let this noor to blow off

    walaikum salam

    shahbaaz

  13. Abdul Rehman says:

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  15. khuram shehzad says:

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  16. Mukhtar says:

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  18. tanveer suleman says:

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  19. abdullah says:

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  20. abdullah says:

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  23. Wasif Ahmed says:

    I disagree with the definition. rizq is something which Allah has assured for everyone, it covers food and basic needs for life and not the luxuries of life. Allah has set the rules, we have to earn luxuries and accesories of life. Everything is from Allah and by HIS will. Allah did not assured us of mobile phones, cars, and material things.

  24. faizan says:

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    May allah bless you for effort.

    Jazakallah

  25. Tauhid says:

    Jazakallah Khari

  26. Sallam to u yah Akhee, Good work, may Allah accept it from u, ameen. But, meanwhile, there is a error there which one bro. Zakariyya have notified u since dec 10 but to my utmost surprise, still yet to be corrected. Why are u still delaying the corrections despite that u have be notified? A small portion of haram in food will render the whole food useless no matter quantity of the food, the amount of time, energy, money spent on it. Kindly reedit the word used in the 5th paragraph under the excellency of tawwakul. We are using notorious to qualify bad things and not for good things. Instead, use the word famous to qualify it. Human being are bound to make mistake but the best of those who make mistake are those who take corrections, so kindly take the corrections now for Allah to accept ur work as an A’maal solihat otherwise, it will turn to A’maal batil. If u have time to notify me once the corrections is made, u can mail me al_ameenisfd@hotmail.com.

  27. Iman says:

    Salam

    I have a question if some aalim could help me find an answer plz.

    Is rizq, that you get, written in destiny? If it is true then obviously there will be a limited amount. If a lady is earning and her husband is jobless, will he get the job if she quits? because maybe the rizq is limited and because she is getting that rizq so it is not coming to her husband? please clearify.

  28. Moshiur rahman says:

    Jazzak Allah!
    Very nice. Allah give us the tawfiq to act on it.

  29. arif says:

    muhammad arif
    really its a messege for those who belives in allah (the creater).

  30. sal says:

    Lack of wealth, status, job, children. Pray tahajjud sometimes, dont want to make sounds while husband is sleeping before he get up to work. I read Al Waqiah and Yaseen few times a week. I want to do more but sometime my mind is trap in hoplessness for miracles to happen for me.

  31. muhammad auwal umar says:

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  34. meerazeemuddin says:

    Mashallah subhanallah very nice explanation absolutely the giver of rizq is allah subhan talla & no one.

  35. Dr Siddiqui says:

    Very nice indeed. But can anyone explain in light of the article written, how the riches, wealth, fame, reputation of the non-believing Muslims and non-Muslims are then ‘rizq’? All forms of rizq to all human beings come from Allah. This is my tawaqqul, but can you answer my question? Anyone please?

  36. mahtab masih says:

    subhaan allah

  37. Ahsan Raza says:

    May Allah give us all taufeeq to earn halal. Ameen

  38. ما شاء الله Very Awesome Post Bhai. Mey Allah show us right path. Aameen

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  40. May Allah ‘Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’ have mercy on us.

  41. Ghazala Seedat says:

    MashaAllah

    Beautiful in the light of Quran and Hadith.Very inspiring indeed

  42. Hasnain says:

    God bless you all

  43. akhtar says:

    ALhamdulillaah ,
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  45. mujtaba says:

    brother please check your article for grammatical or english errors, i think you meant illustrious book when regarding Fazail-e-Sadaqat, you wrote notorious which has a very negative meaning

  46. mujtaba says:

    also to those who disagree with the definition fine, bt i would trust those genuine scholars who gave up their worldly life (the shiekh was a mechanical engineer) for deen sicne a young age, and has studied amongst the best scholars of the indian sub-continent, so in all due respect. a person who has not strived as much, his views will have less weight. also Allah tells us to go to the the people of zikr if we don’t know.

  47. Ahmed says:

    Allah has saved me from committing a sin after reading this message. The one who has written this is asbab for me. May Allah grant hidayath to me,all the readers and the person who has taken efforts to publish this article. May Allah grant all the Muslims with five qualities mentioned in this message.

  48. […] make a living as an artist (singer/actor etc) if you wear the hijab. But you have to remember that rizq doesn’t come from people, it comes from Allah. And if Allah has determined that the rizq is meant […]

  49. Very nice JazakAllah Allah give you more happiness’s in your life.

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