Rizq – A Hidden Relationship

Rizq – A Hidden Relationship

The word Rizq with its various verb forms is mentioned 105 times in the Qur’an. To be repeated that many a time indicates its significance and centrality in the lives of Muslims. In most of these places, God has attributed Rizq to Himself. In fact, one of the names of God is al-Razzaq, meaning the one who gives an abundance of Rizq. He is the One who creates your Rizq and takes it upon Himself to deliver what He has apportioned to His servants. He mentions in the Qur’an:

“Verily, God is the All-Provider of Rizq, Owner of Power, the Most Strong” [Qur’an 51:58]

 Many consider wealth as the only form of Rizq. However, Rizq is anything and everything that benefits you. Rizq is everything that has been apportioned for you to benefit you. Rizq includes the air we breathe, the water we drink, the companions we have, the intellect we possess, the income we receive, the health we enjoy and simply everything else of benefit. Each and everything that we get in our lives is our Rizq. And the objective of Rizq is clear: Rizq sustains and develops a person in this life so that they can live a more virtuous life.

 From the moment we are born until we die, every second we are receiving Rizq. It is only when our apportioned Rizq depletes do our lives come to an end in this world. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

 “A soul will not die until it gets all of the provision that has been apportioned for it.” [Ibn Hibban]

 Our Rizq is written! But what does this mean? It means that God, by His infinite wisdom, has predetermined many things beyond our control such as the length of our lives, the amount of wealth we receive, our appearance, our families etc. God reminds us of this in numerous verses of the Qur’an:

“Or who is it that could provide for you if He withheld His provision? But they have persisted in insolence and aversion. [Qur’an 67:21]

“Do they not know that Allah extends provision for whom He wills and restricts it. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.” [Quran 39:52]

God is Most Merciful and He provides sustenance to everyone: Muslim and non-Muslim, woman and man, humans and animals and plants. It encompasses everything on earth. God says:

“And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision [rizq], and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register.” [Qur’an, 11:6]

What He asks for us in return is to recognise Him and live according to His guidance. This will benefit us, the entire society in this world, and we are promised an eternal abode of peace once we die. He remind us:

“If you are ungrateful, remember God has no need of you, yet He is not pleased by ingrati-tude in His servants; if you are grateful, He is pleased [to see] it in you. No soul will bear another’s burden. You will return to your Lord in the end and He will inform you of what you have done: He knows well what is in the depths of [your] hearts.” [Qur’an 39:7]

How do we increase our Rizq and bring more blessings in our Rizq? We learn from the sacred sources that Rizq can be increased and we can receive more blessings in our lives by doing the following: 

1. Piety

By living a more righteous life where we appreciate God and His blessings, be good to the people around us and not harm others. He informs us: 

“And whoever is conscious of God– He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect.” [Qur’an: 65:2-3] 

2. Thankfulness

One of the most undervalued actions is thankfulness. We are told that by being grateful to God, it will increase our Rizq:

“And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ [Qur’an: 14:7] 

3. Keeping good relations with family  

Another way to increase our Rizq is by maintaining good relations with one’s family. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.’ [Bukhari]

4. Charity

Another powerful way to increase one’s Rizq and draw God’s mercy is to give charity. He tells us:

“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over?” [Qur’an 2:245]

 And with Rizq’s e-sadaqah tool, you can give as much as charity as you want!

Mufti Faraz Adam
Mufti Faraz Adam is a well known UK-based Islamic finance & fintech consultant and heads the global Shariah advisory firm Amanah Advisors. He is the advisor to a number of well-known global Islamic financial institutions and serves across the Islamic economy in Islamic banking, SME financing, Zakat, Waqf and estate planning. He is on a number of global Shariah boards in countries such as Switzerland, Bahrain, Canada, Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the United States. He has published over a dozen research papers in contemporary Islamic Finance matters and has published many chapters in Islamic fintech. He holds a Masters Degree in Islamic Finance, Banking and Management from Newman University and has attained various finance-industry qualifications. Mufti Faraz completed a six-year Alimiyyah program in the UK after which he went on to complete the Iftaa course in South Africa. He holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Finance, Banking and Management at Newman University, UK in 2017. He has attained various finance-industry qualifications such as the IFQ, CIFE and is a Certified Shariah Advisor and Auditor (CSAA). He has completed an MBA diploma and has completed a Fintech specialisation from the University of Michigan. He is currently an ACCA candidate and studying to become a qualified Independent Financial Advisor with the CISI.