Believe in Barakah


Barakah is mysterious. It is a ‘blessing power’ from Allah (SWT), which brings prosperity to our lives in unseen ways. Reaffirming our belief in Barakah can ward off anxious thoughts, even as we face economic uncertainty and challenging times. In these blessed ten days of Dhul Hijjah, here are ten things you can do to increase Barakah in your life, based on the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah.

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1. Understand Barakah

Muslims invoke Barakah all the time. We say ‘Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahamatullahi Wa barakatahu’ when we greet people. We say ‘Barikallahu feekum’ when we want to thank someone. We say ‘Mashallah barikallah’ when we wish for the preservation of someone’s good fortune. And we say ‘Mubarak’ or ‘Mabrook’ when we want to congratulate them on special occasions and achievements.

But what are we invoking exactly? Interestingly, the Arabic word stems from the root ‘B-r-k’, which means ‘to kneel down’ or ‘descend’ and is used in reference to camels when they settle in place. So, Barakah is a blessing that ‘descends’ from Allah (SWT) with three widely held meanings:

  • Growth and Increase – having Barakah in something e.g., your wealth and earnings, will increase it.
  • Continuity – having Barakah in something e.g., your health, ensures its continuity.
  • Preservation – having Barakah ensures the good things remain in your life. This is the kneeling camel connection because if you’ve ever seen a camel kneel, you know it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!
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2. Put your trust in Allah (SWT)

Allah (SWT) says, “I am to my slave as he thinks of Me, [ie. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him].” (Bukhari)

Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. Believing in Allah (SWT) goes hand in hand with putting our trust in Him and relying on Him. So, if you’ve done the calculations a million times, and things still don’t add up, stop. Remember that it is He who provides, and He who sustains us through His Barakah. Trust that He will help you with the rest.

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3. Get to work early

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings [ie. what they do early in the morning].” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

An early morning start is the secret to productivity for some of the world’s most successful people. But did you know that our beloved Prophet (ﷺ) specifically prayed for Barakah for his people in the early morning?

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4. Give Sadaqah

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Charity does not, in any way, decrease the wealth […].” (Muslim)

Here’s another one of Barakah’s mysteries – the act of giving charity increases our wealth! Doesn’t make sense? Read on.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Good works protect from evil fates; charity in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord; maintaining family ties increases life span; and every good deed is charity.” (Al-Mu’jam al-Awsaṭ)

If you can spare a little Sadaqah to ease the suffering of our patients at Shaukat Khanum Hospital in these blessed ten days, know that Allah (SWT) will ease yours with the Barakah He has promised.

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5. Begin with Bismillah

The Messenger of Allah ((ﷺ) was eating food with six of his Companions when a Bedouin came and ate it all in two bites. The Messenger of Allah (insert symbol) said, “If he had said Bismillah, it would have sufficed you [all]. When any one of you eats food, let him say Bismillah, and if he forgets to say Bismillah at the beginning, let him say Bismillah fi awwalihi wa akhirah”. (Sunan Ibn Majah)

There are countless hadiths highlighting the importance of saying ‘Bismillah’ before we embark on daily activities. Want Allah’s (SWT) support and blessings to guide you to success? Start every important task with His name.

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6. Spend time with your family

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He who wishes to have his earnings grow [and be blessed] and his term of life prolonged, he should keep ties with his kin.” (Al-Bukhari)

Isn’t it a relief to know that putting extra hours in at the office will not increase the value of your earnings one iota more than what Allah (SWT) has already decreed for you, whereas spending more time with your family will bring Barakah to your earnings and health?

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7. Be grateful

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]”. (Holy Qur’an 14:7)

In positive psychology, gratitude is linked to happiness. It inspires good feeling thoughts and helps us build resilience in times of adversity. But is it enough for believers just to say ‘Alhamdulillah’?

Being truly grateful to Allah (SWT) requires contemplation: actively reflecting on the blessings that we have been given. This is the way to derive genuine happiness from all that we have while feeling awe that we can never be thankful enough! Gratitude helps us remember that He is in charge, and we can reaffirm our trust and belief in Him by reflecting on our experiences.

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8. Eat together

The Messenger of Allah (insert symbol) said, “Eat together and do not eat separately, for the blessing is in being together”. (Ibn Majah)

There are blessings in unity and sharing. But eating together isn’t just about sharing food, it involves sharing on so many levels. It increases Barakah in our food, but it also increases Barakah in our family bonds and domestic peace.

So, don’t let busy schedules or personal devices get in the way of family time at the dinner table. Enjoying good food with good company is one of the joys of life. Make the most of it, and make sure everyone is fully present. That means no TV and no mobile phones!

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9. Recite Salawat

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If anyone invokes blessings on me once, Allah will bless him ten times.” (Abu Dawud)

Make the recitation of Salawat part of your daily Dhikr. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah (SWT) tells us that He and the angels invoke peace and blessings upon the Prophet (ﷺ). And He encourages us to do the same.

No time to sit down for Dhikr? Do it while you’re going about your daily tasks. It’ll help quiet those anxious thoughts and fill you with peace.

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10. Strive for Halal

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Both parties in a business transaction have a right to annul it so long as they have not separated; and if they tell the truth and make everything clear to each other they will be blessed in their transaction, but if they conceal anything and lie, the blessing on their transaction will be eliminated”. (Muslim)

Halal isn’t just about making sure we get our meat from a Muslim butcher. Halal also involves practising honesty and fairness in our day-to-day dealings, so that we don’t accidentally infringe on the rights of others.

To strive for this, we need to watch out for the little things, the ones that don’t seem like a big deal. For example, to ensure we deserve our earnings we need to be attentive about our timekeeping at work. While providing a service we need to make sure we maintain quality. While selling a product, we need to be fair about what our customer is getting for the price they pay. In all your dealings, check your intentions and purify them if necessary. Take the hit or do the difficult thing when you must for the sake of Allah (SWT), and know that even when you’ve made a loss, He will turn it into a gain through Barakah.

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