By Ruhaifa Adil
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
There is nothing wrong with wanting more, as long as what we want is halal, and our want does not lead us to step over other people’s rights to get it. However, when we do get more, we should make sure that we don’t hoard it; rather, we should use the blessings Allah has given us to further the deen (religion), to spend in His Way, to spend on our families, and to give in charity.
All individuals in this world work hard to get what they want. The world has taught us that the harder we work, and the more effort and time we invest, the more we will have. This equation though correct in theory does not always pan out practically. We see many people who work as hard as they can, yet they can hardly make ends meet. And there are others who don’t put in as much effort and yet have more.
Though this should not deter one from working hard, it must ring bells in the mind of the Muslim to seek what it is that is missing from this equation. Alhamdulillah, Islam is a complete religion and we do not have to look far from the Quran and Sunnah to get an answer to our query. Here are four easy ways that we find from what Allah and His Prophet (sa) have told us that guarantee that we will get more of what we want!
1- Be Grateful
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed: If you are grateful, I will surely increase you…” (14:7)
The more grateful we are to Allah, the more He will give us. Thank Allah for whatever He has given you. Express gratitude even for the smallest of things you have; offer thanks even if you have much less than the others. Allah has promised that He will increase you.
2- Pray for your brother
Abu Darda narrated that the Prophet (sa) said: “The dua (supplication) of a person for his Muslim brother in his absence will be answered. At his head is an angel, and every time he prays for him for something good, the angel who has been appointed to be with him, says: Ameen; may you have likewise.” (Muslim)
Whenever you want something for yourself, go ahead and make that dua (supplication) for your Muslim brother or sister. Allah has appointed an angel who will say Ameen to your dua and pray that you get the same! This is a great way to elevate your dua to be answered.
3- Spend what you have
When we don’t have enough and want to save up some more, the last thing that comes to our mind is to spend from what we have. Anybody in this world will tell you that spending money will decrease your wealth and it is the last thing you should do when you want to save more!
But true Muslims believe that spending in the way of Allah does not decrease their wealth. On the contrary, the more we spend, the more Allah will return in to us manifold, not only in this world but also in the next, for Allah mentions in the Quran: “Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply it many times?” (2:245) It is also narrated from Abu Hurayrah (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “Allah said: Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.” (Bukhari)
4- Be good to your family
Abu Hurayrah (ra) narrated that he heard the Prophet (sa) say: “Whoever would like his provision to be abundant and his lifespan to be extended should uphold ties of kinship.”
Taking care of your kin and family is a sure shot way of increasing your own provisions. Meet your blood relatives often, go out of your way to help them, do not fight with them, and let petty matters be. Be patient with them and share what you have with them, and Allah will reward you in this world and the next.
Ruhaifa Adil is a mother of four, a practising Muslimah, an avid reader, and a passionate writer. She works primarily as a trainer for mothers and teachers, advocating a multi sensorial, learner-centred approach, which she has learnt through her work as a remedial specialist for children with dyslexia. She is also an author of English textbooks, based on the teachings of the Quran (currently under editing), and creative director of a Tafseer app for kids. Her latest project is Qutor.com, a website that helps connect Quran teachers and students.
© IIPH 2016