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3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Rizq and Barakah
I’m not an Islamic Scholar or even much of a student, but I believe in actionable examples, so I thought I would share what I have learned about Rizq and Barakah and how it is so simple to increase both.
What is the difference between Rizq and Barakah?
I found this amazing article that details it better than I can but Rizq is what is written in your destiny. Whether you’re Muslim or not, everyone has a Rizq written for them.
Rizq is the food you eat, the person you marry, the house you live in, the children you’re gifted with.
Barakah is not Rizq and not everyone gets Barakah even if they’re the best Muslim in the world.
According to the article Barakah is in 3 ways:
- Those of a giving nature who give you the clothes off their own back freely.
- Those who wake up early for Tahajjud or Fajr.
- Those who remember Allah constantly.
What made me shiver is the mention of the fact there will be so many lost souls on the day of Judgement because we sought Rizq and not Barakah.
Barakah to me is making a meal, having unexpected guests and worrying you will not be able to feed everyone and yet somehow whatever is there is enough to feed everyone.
Subhanallah! (Praise be to Allah)
3 Ways to Increase Your Rizq and Barakah
1) Wake up for Fajr
I’m ashamed to say in the last 4 years I’ve hardly woken up for Fajr unless it’s winter and I was getting up anyway. In fact, I barely prayed much or at all.
My depression and anxiety were so bad I couldn’t get myself out of bed at the right time, despite coming back from umrah in 2o15.
My heart and mind had not improved despite the visit to the Makkah and Medina.
I felt awful because when you don’t pray Fajr on time, you not only feel bad it gets the rest of your day off to a bad start.
Then recently my sister told me something that made me turn a corner.
Abu Huraira narrates that Allah’s Apostle said, “Shaytan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays (salah) the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.” (Sahih Bukhari: 2.243)
When I heard that, it was like a fog lifted from me and Alhamdulillah despite many challenges, I was able to wake up for Fajr every single day for Ramadan, and while it has been hard waking up so early, my husband and I have continued to do so.
It’s not easy to leave your bed, but within a matter of days, we started noticing many positive changes in our life.
We noticed that despite the disrupted sleep we had more energy, we were kinder to each other Alhamdulillah and our Rizq started increasing in a way that was stagnant for the last 3 years.
Now I truly and firmly believe that waking up for Fajr is the best thing you can do to increase your Rizq and invite Barakah in your life.
2) Pray Asr on Time
This is another thing I am guilty of, but did you know your Rizq is decided in the hours before Sunrise and Sunset?
Fajr is the morning prayer and Asr the sunset prayer, and in that again we miss out on so many blessings and Barakah.
The Prophet (SAW) has said, “He who misses the ‘Asr salah (deliberately), his deeds will be rendered null and void.” (Bukhari). The Prophet (SAW) has also said, “He who misses his ‘Asr salah (reads it after its specified time) it is as if he has lost his wife, children and all his wealth.” (Muslim). In other words, the salah is so precious that missing it should make us grieve and mourn its loss like the pain suffered by a man who has lost his wife, his children and all his belongings.
In Winter it is so hard to pray Asr because all the prayer times follow one another in such a short space of time, but I have noticed because the days are longer in the summer, it’s so easy to get complacent.
Personally, I find praying it as near the beginning time as possible or at least within the time frame (i.e. not at the end, near Maghrib time) has been so beneficial Alhamdulillah.
I can get on with my chores, and cooking knowing I have remembered my Lord and hopefully saving myself from the Hellfire (In Shaa Allah).
It also makes you much more motivated to complete all 5 of your prayers if you pray Fajr and Asr.
Realistically it only takes 5 minutes to make Wudu and 5 minutes to pray (don’t come at me for this guys, when you’re coming back to Salah and Islam, even 5 minutes can seem like an achievement!).
I find doing Wudu and then sitting and reading some short Duas or doing Dhikr straight after my Salah increases my Iman, increases my Rizq and increases my Barakah so that I start feeling better and able to continue with my day in peace.
3) Read 5 Ayahs of Quran a Day
I can’t thank Sister Yusra of Gilded Dunya enough for this easy, simple motivation.
She shared this lovely post about how she and a few friends started a Whatsapp group to keep each other accountable by reading 5 Ayahs a day of Quran.
She even does this with her husband.
I was in a Facebook Group for Pakistani ladies, and somebody shared this post and a lovely blogging friend of mine asked the members of the group if we wanted to take part.
The majority of the ladies are in Pakistan, but Alhamdulillah we keep each other motivated and on track.
I even have a group just for my husband and me, so it’s totally doable and so easy to start.
You can read the post explaining how to do it here, and I would encourage you if you just take one thing from this post, do this.
It will be difficult at first and you will find a million excuses, but I promise you, slowly your life will start to change, you will fall in love with the Quran especially if you read with Translation and Tafseer.
Send a message out to friends, family, your social media following and just start.
For Tafseer, I recommend Tafsir Ibn Kathir.
You can also buy the full set from Amazon here if you would like a hard copy.
4) Give to Charity Consistently
We all give to charity in the blessed month of Ramadan, but now that it’s ended, why do we stop?
My father always tells me that even £1 sincerely given will save you from the hellfire.
What puts people off I think is that they feel they have to give extravagant amounts or they only give to charity during a calamity.
In my opinion, giving a small amount to charity consistently (whether that’s weekly or monthly for you) is better than just giving inconsistently.
“There is not a single day in which a servant wakes that two angels come down (from the Heavens). One of them says, O’ Allah! Give to the one that spends a substitute (for what he has spent). And the other one says, ‘O Allah! Give to the one that withholds (his money) destruction!” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
This article breaks down how giving to charity helps us in this life and the hereafter.
My dad told me this story that also turned a corner for me.
A very pious man was in his grave and someone saw him in a dream reciting Quran, the man asked the pious man how come he was reciting Quran?
He said as there is a long time until the day of Judgement, I asked to use my time productively and I have recited so many thousands of Qurans but none of them will benefit me because I’m dead now.
Whatever I did in life will benefit me in my grave and the hereafter.
This example was another turning point for me and really helped cement that actions and deeds done consistently have a greater reward than those done inconsistently.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot about the Law of Attraction and The Secret.
Well in Islam, we’ve been given simple ways to include the Law of Attraction and Manifestation in our daily lives and yet we choose to ignore them!
My simple solution to give to charity each week is:
- Work out 10% off your salary (It can be more or less than 10% as long as it’s a consistent amount you can afford to give each week.
- Make a list of charities to give to. To give you some ideas, I’ve featured The Stroke Association and Mind who are excellent charities and have a special place in my heart. I also love supporting Shelter, Ummah Welfare, Binti International and many more.
I make sure each week on the same day I give the exact same amount.
Alhamdulillah, I’ve been doing this for months and combined with the above actions, I’ve noticed my Rizq has more Barakah in it so my money goes further even though I earn the same amount every month.
I hope you take one actionable thing from this article and if you do even one thing, please keep me and my family in your Duas.