There are actions that Allaah decreed would be reasons for the increase of Rizq (sustenance) of a person, by His permission. It may be asked ‘how could the Rizq of someone increase/decrease when everything is already decreed by Allaah before we were created’?

The response is that, yes, everything is pre-decreed by Allaah before we were created, and the scholars gave the following explanation:

“Allaah wrote in the decree that is His slave does a certain act then his rizq is to be increased by a certain amount. If he does another act, then it is to be decreased.”

So everything that will change in regards to the increase/decrease of age or rizq is already decreed. Allaah said:

“And Allaah did create you (Adam) from dust, then from Nutfah (male and female discharge semen drops i.e. Adam’s offspring), then He made you pairs (male and female). And no female conceives or gives birth, but with His Knowledge. And no aged man is granted a length of life, nor is pa part cut off from his life (or another man’s life), but it is in a Book (Al Lauh Al Mahfuz). Surely, that is easy for Allaah” (35:11)

From the actions that increase the rizq of the salve are:

  • 1) Tawakkul (trust) on Allah, and not on others. As the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“If you all depend of Allaah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with a full belly at dusk.” [At-Tirmidhi, Sahih Hadith]

  • 2) Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allaah) as Allaah said reminding us of  what Noah told his people:

“I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving;

He will send rain to you in abundance;

And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’” (71:10-12)

  • 3) Thanking Allaah. Allaah says:

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: ‘If you give thanks (by accepting faith and worshipping none but Allaah), I will give you more (of My blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievrs), verily! My punishment is indeed severe” (14:7)

  • 4) Maintaining the ties of kinship. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“He who desires ample provisions and for his life to be prolonged, should maintain good ties with his blood relation” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

  • 5) Taqwa (fear) of Allaah. Allaah says:

“…And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.” (65:2-3)

Included in Taqwa is worshipping Allaah and staying away from all that is Haram (forbidden).