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Asalamualaikum Mufti Saheb,

I hope this email finds you in the best of health. I have some questions relating to rizq:

1) How much time and effort should one put into searching for their rizq? Whether one has one shop or multiple shops, he will get the same amount that is already written for him. Whether someone works 40 hours or 20 hours, he will get the same amount. Whether someone is a doctor or janitor, he will get the same amount. I presume, that in the end it will be the same amount… i.e. it may look like he is getting more but he might lose it somehow?

2) So, what if one has no shop, and doesn’t work at all? He should get the same amount that is already written for him. We work to prevent asking sawaal. Allah asks us to search for our rizq e.g. after Jumuah salaat? So what if we work but lazily? Then we should get the same amount as working hard or not working at all? Or is it that if we don’t work hard, then our rizq that was written was “little”?

3) When Hadhrat Abubaker (RA), was walking to the market with cloth, he told Hadhrat Umar (RA), then how will I feed my family? Obviously that is not against Iman, so how does one reconcile his statement with the fact that our rizq is not dependent on anything except what Allah has already written for us?

Otherwise in “normal” circumstances, one should stop working (searching) after one has enough (for the day, month or year?) and spend time in the effort of the Deen.

Is it correct to explain it like free-will that we have a limited capacity, but in the end Allah knows how much effort we will put in searching for rizq so that is the amount already pre-determined? But then again, people get rizq without effort e.g by inheriting. So is it like: the sunnah of Allah for you to get it, is that you should search for it? But in rare cases, you can get it without effort? Miqdad (RA) got the gold coins without effort.

Personally, what I have found is that all my effort failed but the amaal helps. So are there 2 systems, one for the muslims and the other for the ghair?

I’m sorry but I’m just trying to wrap my head around this concept and I may ask more questions relating to the same. Dua ki darkhwast.

Fayaz

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Asked on June 11, 2014 5:42 pm
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1) Whatever you do, do it well. Do not neglect the obligations and compulsory acts. What is written will come.
2) Allaahs says, 'Man gets what he strives for'. This is the world of 'Cause and Result'. You work, you earn and vice versa.
3) It is not against the Taqdeer of Rizq to work.
Understanding Taqdeer is difficult. Allaah gives and does not give. Both are full of wisdom. We have to earn Halaal and strive in our paths and live within that earning for the pleasure of Allaah.Listen to our Audio in the Audio Section on this topic for further clarity.
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Answered on June 11, 2014 5:42 pm