Click here to listen to this khutbah by Imam Zia Sheikh of the Irving Masjid in Irving, TX and see the brief notes below.
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Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Surah Hud (11:6) “And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register.”
From the time we are born to the time we die, the whole focus we have is on our rizq (sustenance) and trying to make the most of it. We need to be reminded to slow down. Allah has already calculated every penny we will make in the dunya.
Allah azza wa jal knows the creeping of a black ant, on a black stone, on a lightless night. He knows the footsteps of where it walks. He provides sustenance for even the ant. Allah has taken it upon Himself to provide the rizq for every single creature.
Many people mix up the concept of barakah and a great amount of something. You can have a small amount with barakah in it or a large amount with no barakah. Barakah in something means it is an amount that Allah provides that goes a long way.
Shu’aib (as) told his people who would cheat each other out of their money: “The remenant that Allah allows for you is better for you if you only knew.”
Three ways of how we can put barakah in our lives: Have taqwa in Allah, maintain the ties of kinship, and give in Sadaqah (charity).
Taqwa (God consciousness) is the basis of barakah. Allah (swt) says in the Quran (65:3): “And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.”
Secondly, turn to Allah and make du’a to him. The Prophet taught us several du’as that are concise and contain immense benefit. The du’as of the Qu’ran and Sunnah are simple but very comprehensive.
A man by the name of Abu Ubada (ra) complained to the Prophet (saw) about his excessive worrying, anxiety, and debt. The Prophet made him turn to Allah immediately, beseeching His help. He said shall I not tell you about certain words that if you said them, Allah would take away this worry of yours, and He would fulfill your debts? (Du’a below)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَالْحَزَنِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ
“O Allah I seek refuge in You from worry and grief, I seek refuge in You from hopelessness and laziness, I seek refuge in You from miserliness and cowardice and I seek refuge in You from overwhelming debt and from the force of men”. The person stated that he recited this du’a and Allah removed all his worries and debts. (Abu Dawood)
اللهم إنا نعوذ بك من علم لا ينفع.. ومن قلب لا يخشع.. ومن عين لا تدمع.. ومن نفس لا تشبع.. ومن دعاء لا يسمع
O Allah, we seek refuge in You from knowledge that does not benefit; and from action that is not elevated (to the heavens and accepted); and from an eye that does not weep (out of love and awe of You); and from an ego that is never satisfied; and from a supplication that is not heard.
Make silatul arham – keeping good ties with people who may be hard to deal with is the second way to bring back the barakah. Maintain good relations with them. The Prophet (saw) said about these people, “Whoever wishes that his rizq be made vast and his footsteps increase (longer life), and his age be increased, he should enjoin good relations with his family”
Giving in charity is an easy way to increase the barakah in your rizq. The Prophet (saw) swore by Allah SWT that when a slave of Allah gives Sadaqa, it does not decrease the amount of wealth in the least. It may decrease in number but the barakah is increased and you would be able to do more with the remaining amount. Also, through giving Sadaqa, Allah puts barakah in other parts of your life.
The Prophet (saw) reminded Asma’ (ra): “Spend and Allah will spend on you. And don’t hold back, otherwise Allah will hold back on you.”