Deeds that increase sustenance (Part 01)
Muhammad Afzal Attari Madani
The beloved Rasool of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has opened many doors of mercy and ease for his followers. From studying the works of Ahadees, we come to realise that many outwardly ‘minor’ deeds bring glad tidings of great rewards. Similarly, many actions have also been mentioned that not only bring reward, but result in an increase, blessings and vastness in sustenance.
1. Hence, one companion رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ came to the court of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and (while mentioning his lack of sustenance) said, ‘The world has turned its back on me.’ The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Do you not know the glorification that is the glorification of the angels, and through the blessings of which, sustenance is granted. When Fajr begins, recite ‘سُبْحٰنَ اللہِ وَبِحَمْدِہٖ سُبْحٰنَ اللہِ الْعَظِیْمِ وَ بِحَمْدِہٖ اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللہ’, and the world will come to you in a state of lowliness and disgrace.’
The companion رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ went away and then returned to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم after seven days, and said, ‘Master! The world came to me in such abundance that I do not know where to pick it up from and where to place it!’ (Lisaan-ul-Meezan, vol. 4, p. 303, Hadees 5100 – Malfuzaat-e-‘A’la Hazrat, p. 128 summarised)
Excellent way of gaining blessings in sustenance
2. Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ narrates that in the time of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, there were two brothers – one would remain in the company of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and the other would work. The one who would work once complained about his brother (not working) to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, so he صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Perhaps you are being granted sustenance by means of him.’ (Tirmizi, vol. 4, p. 154, Hadees 2352)
The acknowledged research scholar, Shaykh Abdul Haq Muhaddis-e-Dihlavi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه states the following: ‘This individual complained of his brother to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, saying that he had placed the entire burden upon him and that he should be helping him. Thus, in encouraging him to have patience and forbearance in providing for his brother, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Whatever you earn and spend on your brother, perhaps it is through his blessings that you are being given sustenance.’ The aforementioned Hadees is clear proof that providing for the needy, and particularly for one’s close family members, is an excellent means of gaining blessings in sustenance. (Ashi’a-tul-Lam’aat, vol. 4, p. 262 summarised)
Ayat-ul-Kursi should be written down on something and hung at a high place in the house, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه such a house will never experience poverty. In fact, one’s sustenance will increase and become full of blessings, and a thief will never enter that house. (Jannati Zaywar, p. 589, Summarised)
Note: Always remember! It is impermissible to touch or write the Quran without Wudu, so, make sure you are in a state of Wudu when writing Ayat-ul-Kursi, and only write it if you can write it properly, otherwise, you should have it written by someone who can write it correctly.
(To be continued in next month’s edition…)