Dollar sign“One of the blessings that Allah has given His servants is that of a convenient means of financial exchange, i.e. money. Money has since grown to become one of the most prized possessions of mankind, and like so many elements of the dunya, serves to test the obedience of Allah’s servants by challenging their system of priorities.

Therefore, due to the fact that the Muslims of today are preoccupied with the seeking of money to an extent almost unparalleled in Islamic history, I felt the need to compile a short treatise explaining the manner in which Allah (swt) and His Messenger described how Muslims could increase their money. The focus of this book is upon encouraging Muslims to procure money through halal means and to abstain from haram gains.”

The above is an excerpt from the author’s book: “15 Ways To Increase Your Earnings, From the Quran and Sunnah” by Abu Ammar Yassir Qadhi. I’ve summarized the 15 ways that he generously mentions here.

  1. Fearing Allah, i.e, having taqwa of Him
  2. Placing your trust in Allah
  3. Being thankful to Allah
  4. Constantly worshipping Allah
  5. Being honest in your dealings
  6. Establishing the ties of kinship. Hierarchy of importance is: Mother, father, sister, then brothers, then other relatives
  7. Frequently doing Umra and Hajj
  8. Repentance to Allah, and seeking forgiveness from Allah
  9. Spending in the way of Allah
  10. Sponsoring a student of knowledge
  11. Marriage 🙂 Insha Allah!
  12. Showing kindness to the poor
  13. Emigrating for the sake of Allah
  14. Making the Hereafter one’s main concern
  15. Striving to achieve the goal, such as, education, certifications, a job, a suit to get the job, and so on. Did you think everything would just come to you while sat in a corner and worshipped Allah?

To get into the details and exact meanings of some of these, I encourage you to buy the author’s excellent book on this topic. The book is mentioned above.

How does all this work? It works by believing in the Unseen…Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala. Do you have the intellect to believe in the unseen power of the magnet? If so, then you have the intellect to believe in the Unseen means that Allah will bless you with, if you follow the above 15 as much as you can, Insha Allah.

May Allah guide us and bless us all.

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Hadith – Placing trust in Allah

One day Allah’s Messenger, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?”The Bedouin answered, “I placed my trust in Allah.”
At that, the Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “Tie your camel and place your trust in Allah” – Tirmidhi

Lessons from this hadith

Placing trust in Allah means doing everything that is necessary for success! <–that’s a big one!

The Shaykh taught us an important lesson:  Not doing the obligatory is worse than sinning.

Hadith
Rasul Allah, sal Allah alayhi wa sallam, said, “A believer may achieve the status of one who fasts during the day regularly and spends the night regularly in prayer: through his good manners.”

Lessons from this Hadith
Ask yourself, what outstanding characteristic am I lacking in the most? And then, for the next 10 days, just work on building that blessed characteristic into your outstanding manners portfolio!

Top 10 things that Duas can do for you:

By you simply asking Allah through sincere dua, you can:

  1. Get what you want! Why not?! As long as it’s something that pleases Allah. Go ahead, ask for what’s beyond your reach, because it’s well within Allah’s reach. Me? I want a Macbook..white…I want the Quran to be my friend forever…
  2. Change your fate and divine decree. The Prophet of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said that the only thing that can change divine decree is dua. Omar, may Allah be please with him, used to say, oh Allah, if you have decreed poverty for, replace it with prosperity (quote paraphrased)
  3. Instead of what you asked for, it gets saved for you as a good deed on the Day of Judgement. Because Allah, in His Knowledge of the Unseen, knows that you’re not capable of handling what you’re asking for. His Mercy Embraces Everything. Wouldnt you ask for a ton of stuff then?
  4. Instead of getting what you asked for, Allah diverts some harm that’s coming your way. So in case one of your sins is going to come hit you hard, or someone’s evil eye (hasad) is about to hit you hard, keep making duas for what you need and your wants.
  5. You gain Allah’s pleasure when you make dua to Him. If you constantly keep asking me for something, I’ll get annoyed, but Allah, on the other hand, get’s annoyed when you dont ask Him. He…wants…you…to…ask…Him.
  6. You gain Allah’s pleasure, because by you asking Him, it shows Him that you’re in need of Him. You show your state of humility and humbleness before The AlMighty. This is an esteemed station!
  7. You get connected with Allah through a special relationship that no one else can give you. Ask yourself, why do you have the urge to get online on the Internet? What gratification do you get? So, by making a connection with Allah, you get whatever you wanted by a simple dua.
  8. If you make dua for your brother, friend, coworker, the angels say, the same to you! (reminder, it has to be a good dua)
  9. You send Salaam on the Prophet of Allah, and get blessings from Allah for doing so. Imagine that…you…sent…salam…to the most noblest of man ever to walk the face of the earth. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet.
  10. You become at one with the entire universe when you make dua to Allah, because you acknolwedge, that there is none who can give you except Allah alone, because He alone owns this entire kingdom. And everything in this universe submits to Allah.

Remember, all you have to do is…ASK & BE SINCERE. Give your excuses a black eye, make dua now!!

oh Allah, bless the reader of this blog with acting on this knowledge, and grant him/her Paradise. Ameen.

Shaykh’s lecture from last night was on the following verses:

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YUSUFALI: We sent Noah to his people. He said: “O my people! worship Allah! ye have no other god but Him. I fear for you the punishment of a dreadful day!
YUSUFALI: The leaders of his people said: “Ah! we see thee evidently wandering (in mind).”
YUSUFALI: He said: “O my people! No wandering is there in my (mind): on the contrary I am a messenger from the Lord and Cherisher of the worlds!
YUSUFALI: “I but fulfil towards you the duties of my Lord’s mission: Sincere is my advice to you, and I know from Allah something that ye know not.

The Shaykh said that the thing that destroyed people the most is:

1. Shirk. Nooh, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his generation was the first one to do shirk in the entire mankind. They started worshipping 5 of their pious fathers who had passed away.
2. Arrogance from accepting the truth. They would not accept Nooh’s warnings against Allah, because to them, one day Nooh was a regular noble man amongst them, and after Prophethood, he was the one opposing their views of worship.

Salaam,

Here’s one of the things the Shaykh taught us today, hope we get hearts that are described in the first part of this blessed verse:

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YUSUFALI: From the land that is clean and good, by the will of its Cherisher, springs up produce, (rich) after its kind: but from the land that is bad, springs up nothing but that which is niggardly: thus do we explain the signs by various (symbols) to those who are grateful.
PICKTHAL: As for the good land, its vegetation cometh forth by permission of its Lord; while as for that which is bad, only the useless cometh forth (from it). Thus do We recount the tokens for people who give thanks.
SHAKIR: And as for the good land, its vegetation springs forth (abundantly) by the permission of its Lord, and (as for) that which is inferior (its herbage) comes forth but scantily; thus do We repeat the communications for a people who give thanks.

He also said that there’s a difference between Matar which is Arabic for Rain, and Ghays which is Arabic for rain that comes after a drought and after people have prayed so much that they given up the hope of rain and then Allah’s Mercy comes into full effect and sends down the rain. He said that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that my example like that of Ghays, in the sense that the world was in complete chaos and then Allah sent His beloved Messenger to the world.

He said that the Prophet said, that there are three types of hearts (hadith paraphrased of course)
1. A land that receives rainfall, absorbs the water and hence benefits itself and others benefit from it’s vegetation. This is the example of the heart that receives knowledge and guidance and accepts it, hence benefiting itself and others. May Allah make us of those.
2. A land that receives rainfall, does not absorb the water but holds it still. This is the example of a heart that receives guidance but does not benefit from it, but spreads the knowledge to others. May Allah save us from such a heart.
3. A land that receives rainfall and does not hold the water, hence neither benefiting from it nor allowing others to benefit from it. May Allah save us from such a heart.

The Shaykh said much more, but this is what I could retain attentively.

May Allah make our hearts from the first kind. Ameen. Anything good I said is from Allah, and anything incorrect I typed is from myself. I ask for Allah’s forgiveness for my shortcomings.