HOW TO REPEL POVERTY
Mufti Muhammad Shafi Saheb [ra]
Actions which Repel Poverty
'Whoever desires to have an increase in his sustenance and in his age, should join family ties.'That is, he should fulfil the rights of his next of kin and assist them physically and financially according to his ability. (Sahîh Bukhârî)
Anas (RA) states that Rasūlullāh (SAW) said,
'Whoever wants his sustenance to be increased by Allāh, should regularly wash his hands before and after meals.' (Ibn Mâjah)
Imām Àbdur-Razzāq has quoted in his Musnad that when an old man from the Quraish used to complain of poverty to Rasūlullāh (SAW) he would emphasize to his household to perform salāh. Then he would read the verse,
'Command your family to perform salāh. Remain steadfast upon it yourselves. We do not ask you for sustenance. We will provide you with sustenance. The best culmination is for the pious.'
The son of Àbdullāh Ibn Salām, Hamzah (RA) narrates that whenever difficult conditions affected the family of Rasūlullāh (SAW) he would stress the performing of salāh to them and he would recite the verse, to them. (Sunan of Sa’îd bin Mansûr)
Thābit t narrates that whenever the family of Nabī e was afflicted by poverty, then he would call out to them, 'Perform salāh, perform salāh.' (Kitâbuz Zuhd of Imâm Ahmad bin Hambal)
This was the habit of all the prophets (SAW) Whenever any calamity afflicted them, they would resort to salāh.
Mu’ādh Ibn Jabal t says that he heard Rasūlullāh e saying,
'O people, adopt piety as your business, you will receive sustenance without any business or capital. Then he recited the verse,
'Whoever fears Allāh, Allāh will make an exit for him from every calamity and grant him sustenance from where he cannot imagine. Whoever reposes his trust in Allāh, Allāh will be sufficient for him.' (Tabrânî)
Abū Dhar t reports that once Rasūlullāh e recited the verse,
'Whoever fears Allāh, Allāh will make an exit for him from every calamity and grant him sustenance from where he did not even perceive. Whoever places his trust in Allāh, Allāh is sufficient for him.'
And then he said, “O Abū Dhar, if all the people had to practice on this verse, it would suffice for them.' Thaubān (RA) narrates that Nabī e said, 'Sometimes a person is deprived of sustenance due to a sin he committed.' (Ibn Mâjah)
Ímrān Ibn Husain t narrates that Rasūlullāh (SAW) said, 'Whoever severs his focus from all sides and places his trust on Allāh He will take the responsibility for all his tasks and whoever focuses his attention towards the world, Allāh I will hand him over to the world.' (Tafsîr Ibn Hâtim)