Poverty has hit its low in many Muslim countries. Muslims who used to rule the world now hold only 5.8% of the world’s wealth. Although, wealth is not the parameter to measure success in Islam. However, it’s one of the great blessings of Allah through which worldly matters can be managed and goodness can spread.
There are many internal and external reasons why there’s so much poverty in Muslim communities. It includes greed, ungratefulness, injustice, wrongdoing, haram trading, and much more.
There are 14 ways through which you can increase rizq, wealth and income. Allah is just and promises upscale your blessings if you submit to him and do good deeds.
1. Be Mindful of Allah
The first secret to unlocking the doors of rizq and wealth is to be truly mindful of your creator – Allah. He put life into your lifeless body and provided for you in your mother’s womb. He is capable of giving you so much more than you have ever imagined. The first rule is to have “Taqwa” – know He is always there. Confide in Him.
“And whoever is mindful of Allah, He will make a way out for them, and provide for them from sources they could never imagine. And whoever puts their trust in Allah, then He (alone) is sufficient for them.”Source: Quran
Surah At-Talaq 65:2-3
2. Work Smart and Trust Allah
The second secret to increasing rizq, wealth and income is to work smart and trust Allah. Trusting Allah doesn’t mean staying at home and doing nothing; instead, trust is required after you do your part of the job. You should show up to work, work smart, and then trust Allah for sustenance. You must have read “Tie Your Camel First Hadith”.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If you were to rely upon Allah with reliance due to Him, He would provide for you just as He provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with empty stomachs and return full.”Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2344
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Tirmidhi
3. Be Grateful
The third secret to increasing rizq is to be truly grateful to Allah for your provision, no matter how less you think it is. Gratefulness makes you humble. It reminds you that whatever you have is because Allah let you have it, so He can increase it or take it to zero; what you have is way more than others. Your provision is not in your control, it’s in Allah’s control. And when you feel and express it with words of gratitude through your heart, Allah assures you to increase wealth, provision and income with his divine scheme.
And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you (in favor); but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’Source: Quran
Surah Ibrahim: 7
4. Be Contend With Your Provision
The fourth secret to increasing your rizq and wealth is to become happy and content with your income. As human beings, we’re always running after more money and ignoring what we already have; it deprives us of contentment and peace of mind. Allah wants us to be content and happy with our earnings, and He proclaims to increase and expand them for us.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Verily, Allah will put His servant to trial in what He gives him. Whoever is content with what Allah has apportioned for him, then Allah will bless him in it and expand it. Whoever is not content, he will never be blessed in it.”Source: Musnad Aḥmad 20279
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut
5. Take Care of the Weak
The fifth secret to multiplying your income is to take care of the poor people around you. You can look for weak people in your family, friend circle, and neighbourhood and provide for them through your earning. As you become a part of this great cause, Allah blesses you more.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Seek out the vulnerable among you. Verily, you are only given provision and support due to your support of the weak.”Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1702
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Tirmid
6. Provide to your Dependents
The sixth secret to expanding your rizq and wealth is to provide for your dependents in your family. Your dependents could be any person or persons from your family, like father, mother, wife, children, younger brother, sisters etc.
There were two brothers in the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, one of whom would attend the lessons of the Prophet and the other would engage in business. The businessman complained to the Prophet about his brother and the Prophet said, “Perhaps you are granted provision because of him.”Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2345
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut
7. Keep Good Relations With Family
The seventh secret to increasing your provision is to be good with your blood relations. It can be hard sometimes, but Allah always wants better for you. It’s in Allah’s divine plan that when you try your best to uphold family ties and be in good relations with them, Allah blesses you more with wealth and abundance.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever is pleased to have his provision expanded and his life span extended, let him keep good relations with his family.”Source: Sahih al-Bukhari 2067, Sahih Muslim 2557
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim
8. Use Free Time to Worship Allah
The eighth secret to increasing rizq is to use your free time to worship Allah almighty.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Your Lord Almighty said: Son of Adam, be free for My worship. I will fill your heart with richness and fill your hands with provision. Son of Adam, do not distance yourself from Me, or else I will fill your heart with poverty and fill your hands with worthless distractions.”Al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 500
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
9. Pray to Allah for Forgiveness
The ninth secret to have abundant wealth, rizq and income is to do istagfar / ask Allah for forgiveness. Allah says in the Quran that whoever asks for forgiveness of their sins, He’ll forgive them and will also send them much wealth and provision.
“Seek your Lord’s forgiveness, (for) He is truly Most Forgiving. He will shower you with abundant rain, supply you with wealth and children, and give you gardens as well as rivers.”Source: Quran
Surah Al Isra 17:10-12
10. Make Dua
The tenth secret to increase wealth is to make dua. Dua is a powerful tool to get your wishes and desires asked by Allah.
(O Muhammad), when My servants ask you about Me, tell them I am quite near; I hear and answer the call of the caller whenever he calls Me. Let them listen to My call and believe in Me; perhaps they will be guided aright.Source: Quran
Surah Al Baqarah 2:186
11. Leave The Unlawful Rizq
The eleventh secret to increasing rizq, wealth and income is to earn halal rizq. Allah does not answer the prayers of those who make unlawful earning, then clothe and nourish themselves from haram money. Therefore, it’s essential to leave the unlawful rizq, which includes money gained from cheat, deceit, gambling, interest, trade of Islamically unlawful products & services etc.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “O people, Allah is pure and He only accepts what is pure. Verily, Allah has commanded the believers as He has commanded His Messengers. Allah said: O Messengers, eat from wholesome foods and act righteously, for I know what you do (23:51). And Allah said: O you who believe, eat from wholesome food We have provided for you,” (2:172). Then, the Prophet mentioned a man who traveled far, becoming disheveled and dusty and he raises his hands to the sky, saying, “O Lord! O Lord!” Yet his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful, and he is nourished by the unlawful, so how can he be answered?Source: Sahih Muslim 1015
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim
12. Stop Committing Sins
The twelfth secret to upscaling your income is to stop committing sins. When you are spiritually righteous and spread positivity around, it brings barakah into your life. Sins downscale the provision of a person.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The span of life is not increased but by righteousness, and the divine decree is not repelled but by supplication. Verily, a man is deprived of provision due to the sins he commits.”Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 90
Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani
13. Give Zakat
The thirteenth secret to increasing rizq, wealth and income is to give Zakat. Though Zakat is an obligation, it’s also a way to please Allah and earn a great amount of reward. Allah chooses whether He gives the reward in this world, the hereafter or in both.
Who is he that will lend to Allah a goodly loan, then (Allah) will increase it manifold to his credit (in repaying), and he will have (besides) a good reward (i.e. Paradise).”(Surah Al Hadid 57:11)
14. Focus on the Hereafter
The final secret to increasing rizq, wealth and income is to focus on the hereafter, instead of the world. It’s a divine formula told by the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Your rizq is already written, but if you focus on your worldly affairs, they will likely to widespread and no matter how much you resolve them, new worries will keep on emerging. So instead look for the hereafter, this way, you’ll work with peace of mind and Allah will allow the rizq to come to you automatically.
“Whoever is concerned about the Hereafter, Allah will place richness in his heart, bring his affairs together, and the world will inevitably come to him. Whoever is concerned about the world, Allah will place poverty between his eyes, disorder his affairs, and he will get nothing of the world but what is decreed for him.”Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhi 2465
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
This blog provides 14 ways in which a Muslim can increase rizq, wealth and income. All the techniques are easy to follow that don’t only benefit them financially but also spiritually, psychologically and physically insha’Allah. So, make a pure intention and start working on it. Allah will open the doors of the universe for you, insha’Allah.