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Causes of Abundant Wealth

The aforementioned discussions elucidate the fact that Allah the Almighty has distributed sustenance and livelihood amongst His creatures on the basis of prudence and justice. Differences in sustenance and wealth are to examine the creatures. Nevertheless, we can bring changes in this destiny through our actions. Just like our age that has been determined by Allah beforehand but can be changed by our actions i.e. our good actions can increase our age while our evil deeds can reduce the lifespan. The same applies for sustenance and livelihood. Our actions can increase or decrease our sustenance.
Hereunder, we shall mention a few factors that can increase our sustenance.

1) Seeking Forgiveness:
“So 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.”
(Surah Nuh (71): Verses 10-12)

2) Piety:
“And whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a away for him to get out. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.”
(Surah Talaaq (65): Verses 2-3.)

3) Good Behaviour:
Imam Ja’far Sadeq (a.s) prophecies,
“Whoever behaves well with his family members, his sustenance will be increased.
(Meezanul Hikniah, Chapter of Sustenance, H. No. 7185)

4) Good Deeds:
Imam Ja’far Sadeq (a.s.) foretells,
“Whoever performs good deeds, his sustenance will be increased.
(Ibid. H. No. 7186)

5) Good Ethics:
Imam Ja’far Sadeq (a.s.) informs,
“Whoever bears good ethics, his sustenance will be increased. ‘
(Ibid. H. No. 7187)

6) Easy Reckoning:
Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) states,
“Rudeness destroys good ethics and easy accounting with family members increases the descent of sustenance.
(Ibid. H. No. 7189.)

7) To Feed Others:
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) informs,
“Sustenance descends faster when you feed others. It descends faster than a knife pierces through the meat of a rooster.
(Ibid. H. No. 7190.)

8) Helping a Believer:
Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) says,
“Helping a brother in religion increases one ‘s wealth.

9) Trustworthiness:
Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) informs,
“Trustworthiness increases sustenance and livelihood. “
(Ibid. H. No. 7192)

10) Praying for a brother in faith:
Imam Muhammad al-Baaqir (a.s.) advises,
“Pray for your brother in faith in his absence.This helps in the easy descent of sustenance.
(Ibid. H. No. 7193)

11) Always Being with Wuzu.
A person came to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) and pleaded, ‘I intend to increase my sustenance.’ He (s.a.w.a.) replied,
“Always be with wuzu, it will increase your sustenance.
(Ibid. H. No. 7194)

12) Giving Sadaqah:
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) advised,
“Do as much charity as possible that Allah may increase your sustenance.

13) Giving Zakaat:
Imam Muhammad al-Baqer (a.s.) informs,
“Payment of Zakaat increases sustenance.
(Ibid. H. No. 7197).

14) Good Intentions:
Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) states,
“One whose intentions are good and pure, his sustenance and livelihood will increase.
(Ibid. H. No. 7198)
Causes of Straitening of Sustenance
Just as in the previous part we have discussed about the factors that increase our sustenance, here we will briefly talk about the causes that decrease our livelihood and wealth.

1) Sins:
Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) says,
“When a person commits a sin, his sustenance is dispelled from him.”

2) Non-fulfillment of the Rights of brothers in faith:
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) prophecies,
“If somebody does not fulfill the rights of his believing brother or tramples upon it, Allah will disallow blessings in his sustenance, unless he repents.
(Ibid. H. No. 7200)

3) Intake of Prohibited Foods and Drinks:
Imam Ja’far Sadeq (a.s.) informs,
“Intake of prohibited food straitens sustenance.
Ibid. H. No. 7201.

4) To do the opposite of all those deeds that are mentioned in the factors of increase of sustenance and livelihood. Some of these are as follows: Evil intentions, not to pay zakaat, not to fulfill divine rights, not to give charity, bad morals and undesirable ethics, ill-behaviour and so on and so forth.