The acquisition of wealth and sustenance is always a source of anxiety and conflict for people. Most of the crimes, acts of oppression and brutality are associated with the blinding greed of man. The battle for scarce resources often times leads to wars and political unrest. Greed for wealth transforms the character of an individual and drives him to be dishonest, miserly, uncaring and self-centered.
As Muslims we accept that Allah is the provider of Rizq and that we are merely tasked with its acquisition. The ease or difficulty with which we acquire our Rizq and the extent of benefit we can draw from it very much depends on our relationship with our Provider and Creator. We need not only to 'earn' Rizq through continuous toil; we also need to supplement our efforts by improving our relationship with Allah. This we can do through:
Tawbah (Repentance): '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. (71: 10-12)
Taqwa (Allah consciousness): “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.” (65:2-3)
Silat-ur-Rahem (Fostering family ties): "Whoever is pleased that he be granted more wealth and that his lease (span) of life be prolonged, should keep good relations with his kin." (Bukhari & Muslim)
Sadaqah (Charity): “And whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah's cause), He will replace it. And He is the best of providers.” (34:39) “'Show mercy to those on earth so that He who is in heaven will have mercy on you.' (Tirmidhi)
Ibaadah (Worship): “Allah says, 'O son of Adam! Take time out to constantly worship me, I will fill your heart with richness and remove your poverty. And if you do not do so. I will make your hands filled with occupation, and will not remove your poverty” (Ahmad & Tirmidhi )
Tawakkul (Reliance upon Allah): “If you rely on Allah with due reliance, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They set out in the morning with empty stomachs and return in the evening with full stomachs.” (Ahmad & Ibn Majah)
Du`a (Supplication): Umm Salamah (Ral) states that Nabi (ﷺ) would make the following dua after the Fajr salaah: “O Allah I ask you for beneficial knowledge, good provision and accepted action.” (Ibn Majah)
Shukr (Gratitude): And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you are grateful I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless, verily! My Punishment is indeed severe." (14: 7)
Riba (Abstention from Interest): “Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity" (2: 276).
May Allah enable the smooth flow of our sustenance and grant us contentment in what he has ordained for us. Aameen.