Prophet (s.a.w) said “A time will come when a person will not care about how he has acquired things legally or illegally.”
How many courses, meetings, counselling, clothes, communication classes and etc have we all done , purchased and gone through to get a decent job with a decent salary? Well fact’s a fact ! Human does any and everything for sustenance. However, in this post i shall enlist some methods from Qur’an and Sunnah to increase the sustenance and means of Livelihood the HALAAL WAY.
Who has taken the responsibility of providing us sustenance (Rizq)
In order to understand Allah’s Name ar-Razzaq, we need to know what rizq means. Rizq is what has been apportioned for you which benefits you. So Allah (swt) is ar-Razzaq-He is the One who creates your rizq, and takes it upon Himself to deliver what He has apportioned to His servants. He provides this sustenance to everyone: Muslim and non-Muslim, woman and man, humans and animals and plants. It encompasses everything on earth. Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
“And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision [rizq], and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register.”
“And in the heaven is your provision and whatever you are promised. Then by the Lord of the heaven and earth, indeed, it is truth – just as [sure as] it is that you are speaking.”
What is Rizq? Does it mean “Money” only?
When we refer to rizq, many people assume it is just money. But rizq is what benefits you. So it can be money and any material thing in this world. It can also be something emotional. And it can be spiritual rizq. The person who takes it upon himself to attend talks, surround himself with good people and increase in the good that he does is taking the steps to feed his soul. And Allah (swt) will raise his station because of that.
When is our sustenance and livelihood decided?
Narrated AbudDarda’: Allah’s Messenger said: Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, has ordained for every servant amongst His creation five things: his death, his action, his abode, the places of his moving about and his means of sustenance.
[Hadith – Tirmidhi and Ahmad]
The Prophet said, “Allah has appointed an angel in the womb, and the angel says, ‘O Lord! A drop of discharge (i.e. of semen), O Lord! a clot, O Lord! a piece of flesh.’ And then, if Allah wishes to complete the child’s creation, the angel will say. ‘O Lord! A male or a female? O Lord! wretched or blessed (in religion)? What will his livelihood be? What will his age be?’ The angel writes all this while the child is in the womb of its mother.”
[Sahih Al Bukhaari]
Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper and Protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.
[The Noble Qur’an – At-Tauba 9:51]
And everything, small and big is written (in Al-Lauh Al-Mahf�z already beforehand i.e. before it befalls, or is done by its doer).
[The Noble Qur’an – Al-Qamar 54:53]