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MeansSustenance Amf

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MEANS FOR INCREASING SUSTENANCE AND LIVELIHOOD
 by Imaam and Khateeb of the Umm al-Quraa Masjid, Abu Abdul-`Azeez Ibraheem al-Sanaidi
 The Khutbah:(Part 1)  All praises be to Allaah; we praise Him, and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah fromthe evil of our own selves, and the evil consequences of our deeds. Whosoever Allaah guides, no one canmisguide him. And whomsoever Allaah misguides, no one can guide him. I bear witness that no one hasthe right to be worshipped except Allaah, and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammadis the Slave andMessenger of Allaah. May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon His last and final Messenger, upon his family andcompanions, and upon those who follow them with righteousness till the Day of Judgment!  Verily, the best speech is the Book of Allaah (Qur’aan). The best guidance is the guidance of ProphetMuhammad The most evil of matters is innovation, and every innovation is a heresy, and every heresy ismisguidance and every misguidance is in Hell. One of the most important concerns which preoccupy everyone (from the people of the past and todayas well) is: “How to get their rizq (sustenance), and the search for a good livelihood”. You see people(all around you) who have left their families and homeland (and traveled to far off places); and otherssuffering from fatigue and weaknesses due to striving to earn a (decent) living for their families. You(may sometimes) see employees and laborers under the mercy of their ruthless employers and sponsors. You see in them the constant fear of unfair deductions from their wages, and the fear of an unexpecteddecision regarding their jobs. They spend their days and nights having a constant fear (nightmares) of losing their jobs. One of the reasons for such phenomena is that some of the company owners or managers who do notfear Allaah deal with their employees and laborers as if they were machines and slaves. They should notforget that all people with disputes will stand in front of Allaah and (on that Day) everyone’s disputes willbe settled (and justice will prevail). Life is always mingled with distress and injustice. Therefore, we remind our Muslim brothers of differentclasses – the rich and the poor, the employers and the employed, the managers and the subordinates – that they get nothing from this world except that which has already been decreed by Allaah A Muslimmust believe that Allaah has predetermined his rizq (sustenance), when he was an embryo in hismother's womb:  Abu 'Abd al-Rahman 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud, reported: The Messenger of Allaah ??? ???? ???? ????, themost truthful, the most trusted, told us: "Verily the creation of each one of you takes place when heis assembled in his mother's womb; for forty days he is as a drop of fluid, then it becomes a clot for asimilar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. Then an angelis sent to him, who breathes the ruh (spirit) into him. This Angel is commanded to write four decrees:that he writes down his provision (rizq), his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be among thewretched or the blessed. I swear by Allaah - there is no God but He - one of you may perform the deedsof the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm's length between him and it, when that whichhas been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of youmay perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm's length betweenhim and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the
 
people of Paradise and enters therein." [Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 4, Hadeeth 430, 549 and Sahih Muslim] There are people who believe that if they hold fast to Islaam and comply with its injunctions, they willnever prosper. This is a wicked thought about Allaah; we seek Allaah’s refuge from such thoughts.Muslims invoke Allaahin and after every prayer saying: {Our Lord! Give unto us in the world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, andguard us from the doom of Fire.} [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 201] Do you not comprehend the meaning of this invocation? This is what Prophet Muhammad ??? ???? ???????? used often to invoke Allaah with. It is beseeching Allaah to give you of this world that which He has restrained from giving to others; andto complete for you two bliss, the bliss of this world and the bliss of the hereafter. So, the decree of  Allaah does not neglect the issue of sustenance and of earning livelihood. To the contrary, holding fast tothe decree of Allaah and the teachings of Islaam with truth and sincerity is the major cause of increasingsustenance; and that is only when you practice what Prophet Muhammad came with. There are ways that are a means for increasing the sustenance. But this will not happen to a person withweak faith in Allaah So remember my Muslim brothers, that during the supplication, and at all times: yourfaith and belief in Allaah should be strong and firm. You should have faith in the texts that occurred inthe Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His MessengerThere is a great difference between Muslims whobelieve that Allaah's promise will come true and those others who are doubtful and wavering (in faith).1) Tawbah (Repentance):One of the major causes of increasing the sustenance is Tawbah from the sins and turning towards Allaah, seeking His forgiveness. Allaahsays in the Holy Qur’aan in reference to his Prophet Nuh (Noah) ?{I (Nuh) said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft-forgiving; He will send rain toyou in abundance, and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on y ou gardens and bestowon you rivers.} [Surah an-Nuh (71): 10-12] There are many people who seek (Allaah’s) forgiveness, probably seeking forgiveness many times aday; but nothing increases for them except in poverty. Why? The answer is: their repentance is a mereutterance with their tongues. Such repentance, that a person may do every day and after each prayer,becomes a kind of pastime and is of no avail. Your repentance, O Muslim brothers, without consciousnessand without any actual practice is a sheer absurdity. It is a must for you that you come out of such atrait. For there are people who say: “ASTAGHFIRULLAAH, ASTAGHFIRULLAAH”, with their tongues, notwith their hearts, and do not understand the meaning of it (nor do they let go of their sinful ways). Imaam Ibn Katheer said in his Tafseer (exegesis) of the aforementioned verses: "If you repent to Allaahseek His forgiveness and obey Him, He will increase in your provisions for you and provide you withwater from the blessings of the sky. He will cause the blessings of the earth and crops to grow for you.He will increase your livestock and give you more wealth and children. This means He will give you morewealth, more children and gardens with various types of fruits. He will cause rivers to flow across thesegardens." –end of quote. Tell me, O Muslim brothers, keeping Allaah as a witness and recalling your past life; did you ever, in aday out of your days, when the path became narrowed and when your means of sustenance becameconstricted, did you ever come to Allaah repenting and seeking forgiveness sincerely? I leave the answerto you…  A man once complained to Hassan Al-Basri of drought and shortage of water. Hassan said to him, "Ask 
 
 Allaah for forgiveness." Another man complained of poverty, and his reply was, "Ask Allaah forforgiveness." A third complained: "O Abu Saeed (Hassan Al-Basri), pray to Allaah that he bestow uponme a child for I am childless", and he replied, "Ask Allaah for forgiveness." The fourth one complainedthat his harvest had failed, and Hassan replied in the same way. So one of those who were sitting (in thegathering) said, "There came to you men with different complaints but you instructed them all to repentto Allaah and ask Him for forgiveness." So Al-Hassan replied that Allaah says (in the Qur’aan): {I (Nuh) said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft-forgiving; He will send rain toyou in abundance, and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestowon you rivers.} [Surah An-Nuh (71): 10-12] Another quick-witted man who recognized the fruits of repentance as a means to attain sustenance wasthe Prophet of Allaah, Hood ,who said (to his people): {O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky)abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as criminals (disbelievers in theOneness of Allaah).} [Surah Hood (11): 52] The words of Allaah are true, so if you repent and still do not see the response and the results, thenknow that there is a defect in you; yes in you, and not in others; for your repentance does not go beyondyour tongue. Examine your state and look into your affairs. It may be that your (unwillingness to let goof) sins might be the reason because of which Allaah has denied you the fruits of repentance. 2) Taqwa (God-consciousness): Another major source of sustenance is Taqwa (fear) of Allaah in secret and in public. This means fearingHim, complying with His orders, warding off that which He has forbidden, and avoiding disobedience. Allaah says:{And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (fromevery difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.} [Surah at-Talaq (65):2-3]  Abdullah Ibn Mas`ood said, "The greatest ayah in the Qur’aan that contains relief is: {And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (fromevery difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.} [Surah at-Talaq (65):2-3]  Allaah also says: {And if the people of the towns had believed and had Taqwa (piety), certainly, We should have openedfor them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So we took them(with punishment) for what they used to earn.} [Surah al-A`raf (7): 96] Where do we stand, O Muslims, in connection with these verses? Wrong are those who fear for theirsustenance (when asked to) leave off their illicit and impermissible earnings! Wrong are those who think that they will never prosper materially unless they attach themselves to the traits and habits of thepeople of the West from the Jews and the Christians! Do they not read these words of Allaah ? {And if the people of the towns had believed and had Taqwa (piety), certainly, We should have openedfor them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So we took them(with punishment) for what they used to earn.} [Surah al-A`raf (7): 96] It is not (a promise of a) mere sufficiency in sustenance. Nay, it is (the promise that) the earth and thesky will open with rizq (provision). For when Allaahopens up the gates of the heaven (as a blessing) for a

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