The Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) informed us that when the fetus in its mother’s womb is four months old, Allah The Almighty sends an angel to breathe the soul into it and write down its provision, its lifespan and its deeds, and whether it is doomed or blessed.
Provision is also written down and connected to the means that one adopts to search for it. Among these means are that man should work to seek provision, as Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
“He it is Who has made earth subservient to you (i.e. easy for you to walk, to live and to do agriculture on it); so walk in the path thereof and eat of His provisions. And to Him will be the Resurrection. ”
One of the most important means of increasing one’s provision is having Taqwa i.e., being conscious of Allah The Almighty and fearful of Him. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
“2. And whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).
3. And He will provide him from (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.”
(Quran, 65: 2-3)
Allah The Almighty will reward the one who fears Him and is mindful of what pleases Him in all situations, in this life and the Hereafter. One of the worldly rewards is that Allah The Almighty will make a way out for him from hardships and adversities and will provide him from means which he never could have expected. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
“And if the people of the Town had believed and had Taqwa (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the Heavens and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they use to earn (polytheism and crimes).”
(Quran, 7: 96)
Shaykh As-Sa’di said, “If they truly and sincerely believed with their hearts and proved their belief with actions, and were fearful of Allah inwardly and outwardly, then Allah would have opened for them blessings from the Heavens by sending rain and the earth by causing plants to grow by which they as well as their cattle would benefit; they would have lived the richest life without the least difficulty or effort.”
What is this piety that Allah The Almighty has made a reason behind gaining provisions? Why did He inform us that He would provide for the pious and grant them sustenance without limits and measures.
Piety is what puts a barrier between you and that which harms you; it is a protection, which entails fulfilling all that Allah The Almighty has commanded one to do as well as refraining from everything that Allah The Almighty has prohibited.
Ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “It (i.e., piety) is to obey Allah and never to disobey Him; to remember Him and not forget Him; and to thank Him and never be ungrateful to Him.”
If you wish to increase your provision from Allah and live a comfortable life, then fear Allah and be pious in all your affairs: at home, at work and with your family. Protect yourself from sins, adhere to the commandments of your Lord, refrain from His prohibitions and protect yourself from whatever results in His punishment.
Other means of increasing one’s provision are:
• Migrating for the sake of Allah The Almighty
• Jihaad (striving) for the sake of Allah The Almighty
• Thankfulness to Allah The Almighty
• Supplicating to Allah The Almighty during times of need
• Shunning sins and remaining steadfast upon the religion of Allah The Almighty by performing acts of obedience.
This last way is the most important of all what has been mentioned, because provisions are gained by obedience and lost by disobedience, and the person gets deprived from provisions due to a sin he commits. Sins are the greatest cause for losing provisions, having a difficult life and losing blessings in life. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
“If they (Non Muslims) had believed in Allah, and went on the right way (I.e., Islam), We would surely have bestowed on them water (rain) in abundance.”
(Quran, 72: 16)
Which means that if they maintained themselves upon the path of truth, guidance and belief, He would have increased their provisions.