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First way of increasing your earnings: Fear of God


As promised, I am going to quote from the book (15 ways of increasing your earnings) I mentioned on one of my last posts. So I will start from Taqwa (Fear of God i.e. Allah), inshallah.

One of the ways to increase your wealth is to increase your taqwa.

Taqwa involves being conscious of Allah, obeying His commandments and avoiding His prohibitions, constantly remembering Him hoping for His mercy and fearing His punishment.

One of the proofs that taqwa is one of the ways to increase your wealth is in surah al-Talaq in the Quran where Allah states:

” And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He (Allah) will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He (Allah) will provide him with sources he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.” Surah al-Talaq, 2-3

In these verses Allah clearly states that whoever has taqwa of Allah will be graced with 2 blessings:

  1. The person will find a ‘way out’ of his problem. In other words, the constraint that he feels will belifted, and his hardship will be replaced with eases.
  2. He will be helped and aided from sources that he had least expected to be helped from.

Ibn Kathir 1 stated, “This verse means that whoever fears Allah concerning His commands (by performing them), and leaves His prohibitions, then Allah will make an escape from his difficulty, and He will provide him with sustenance and aid from sources that he did not expect, meaning that it never occurred to him that these sources could help him.”

Imaam al-Qurtubi 2 stated, “So Allah has made taqwa a cause from the causes of sustenance and he has promised even more to those who thank Him as He said ‘if you thank Me, then I will increase your goods’.”

1 Ibn Kathir (4/400)
2 Tafsir al-Qurtubi (6/241)

And Allah knows best.

From “15 ways of increasing your earnings. From the Quran and Sunnah” by Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi.  Publishing and distribution by Al-Hidayah.


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