Ways to Maximize Halal Rizq – Editorial

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Rizq is the bounty of Allah (swt), which He bestows upon His creatures. And this does not include our wealth only. The Prophet (sa) said: “When the fetus is four months old in its mother’s womb, Allah sends an angel to breathe the soul into it and write down its provision, its lifespan, its deeds, and whether it is doomed or blessed.” (Bukhari)

Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen says: “Provision is also allocated and connected to its means; it is neither increased nor decreased. But man still needs to strive to seek his provision as is mentioned in the Quran: ‘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 resurrection.’ (Al-Mulk 67:15)”

It is a grave mistake to assume that even if one lives like a parasite or does not struggle for it, one will be able to obtain one’s share somehow. Provision will not rain from the sky. Besides, such a defeatist attitude is not at all encouraged in Islam. Allah (swt) expects us to utilize every inch of our intelligence and energy for the betterment of all.

When Allah (swt) bestows upon us His bounty, we are required to give away a portion of it. This is done in the form of Zakah (obligatory alms) and Sadaqah (voluntary alms). Hence, when some of us maximize our potential to earn more through lawful means and are blessed with Allah’s (swt) Barakah, it includes the share of those who were not fortunate enough to optimize their conditions.

However, sunshine turns into shadows when, in pursuit of a good fortune for ourselves, we attribute others to Allah (swt). For instance, someone might think that he will prosper only if he becomes part of the USA’s 14 trillion dollar economy. Alternatively, we might single out a few multinational companies or professions that reward more in financial terms. Thus, the centre shifts and we learn to make compromises in the name of good judgement, lucrative prospects, popular culture, etc. We undermine the fact that our provider is Allah (swt) Alone; we resort to begging, borrowing and stealing.

If we cling to the concept of Tauheed and attempt to seek out only lawful provisions, wherever we live and whatever we do, will Allah (swt) forsake us? Imagine what He has blessed the disbelievers with, in return for their hard work? Will the Raziq withhold from His true believers? He feeds millions of species in the rainforests, the vast skies, the deep seas – all living creatures from the North to the South pole. He sustains the galaxies of the universe and the undiscovered life there and beyond.

Concept of a plant and a lot of golden coins isolated on white backgroundHowever, we will have to prove that we deserve it. Firstly, ask for permissible Rizq (Tayyab and Halal). Toil for it. Exhibit patience and advise your family to do the same. Be extremely thankful to Allah (swt) for what He has granted and what He has withheld, as there is a divine reason for it that only He knows. Hasan Al-Basri said: “The roots of evil are three: arrogance, envy and greed.” Steer clear of them. Adhere to the guided path, as Yahya Ibn Muath has stated: “O how poor is man; if he fears Hell-fire in the same degree as he fears poverty, he will enter Paradise.”

Lastly, be fearful of succeeding in the wrong endeavours. When people disobey Allah (swt), He sometimes opens the doors of bounties in this world but cuts them off from the eternal rewards of Paradise. There could be no greater loss for someone to bargain for Hell-fire in the name of maximizing his Rizq.

Ways to Maximize Halal Rizq – Reviews

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Title: The Historic Judgement on Interest – Delivered in the Supreme Court in Pakistan

Author: Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Publisher: Maktaba Maariful Quran

No. of pages: 247

Available at: Darul-Ishaat, Karachi

For anyone involved in dealing with the financial sector (that pretty much covers everybody!) knowledge of the status of Riba/Sood/interest in Islam is critical. Unfortunately, this is an area of which even scholars are unaware as it requires a good foundation in economics/financial theory.
The best book to read to understand this is called “The Historic Judgement on Interest – Delivered in the Supreme Court in Pakistan” by Justice (retd.) Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani. What makes this book especially unique is that you often find books which put forward Islam’s view on Riba but this publication actually addresses all the ‘responses’ people give to justify the interest we see today as not being Riba. Plus, the book has been written in very easy to understand language and so would not be difficult to comprehend.
The book is published by Maktaba Maariful Quran in Karachi, and is fairly easily available in the market at a very economical price. I use this book as required reading for my Islamic Banking and Finance class at a local business school in Karachi and have felt it provides invaluable knowledge to the students. This was both my assessment as
well as the feedback from the students. – By Azeem Pirani

Audio Lecture: Maximizing Rizq

Delivered by: Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

Available from: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13245794/General%20Talks/MP3/01-08-11%20-%20Maximizing%20Rizq%20-%20EKK.mp3

This is an inspiring talk in English on the subject of maximizing Rizq and how one needs to improve one’s quality of relationship with Allah (swt) and His creation on a quest to increase one’s provisions. It is a ninety-minute talk, which will broaden your horizons on the subject and enable you to perceive the subject of ‘Rizq’ in a whole new light, Insha’Allah. – Umm Ibrahim