Sustenance can refer to any means of subsistence or livelihood.


Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 5 months ago

I am sorry to hear about your challenge. If both of you are dedicated to the marriage, inshallah you will find a way to make it work and maybe you will both eventually find greater ease through working together to build your life financially and otherwise. 

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 months ago

If the person has good faith and religious piousness with good manners then don't refuse his marriage proposal. Sustenance is in the hands of Allah (SWT) and He grants sustenance to all His creatures. The marriage itself is a way to get more sustence as the Hadeeth says: Get married for getting more sustenance, verily the wife will bring blessed sustenance تزوّجوا للرزق فإنّ فيهنّ بركة.



Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 year ago

Hadeeth says: Allah created the souls of people 2000 years before creating their bodies, and He created their sustenance 2000 years before creating their souls.

Allah (SWT) Has granted enough sustenance for all His creatures, but arrogant people snatch away the rights of others causing them to be hungry. Ameerul Mo'minnen Ali (AS) said: No one becomes hungry but only because someone else has taken away his right. ما جاع فقير إلا بما منع به غني

The real cause of the poverty is the injustice done by wrong doers on others.



Sayed Mohammedhassan Alsheraa, Sayed MohammedHassan Alsheraa attended the Hawzah in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Thereafter he continued his Islamic studies in the Hawza of Karbala, Iraq. Alongside his Hawza studies... Answered 1 year ago

Salam Alaykom,

There are multiple supplications which are known to provide the blessing of sustenance/الرزق. However, amongst the most distinguished of these supplications is the dua that is highly recommended to be recited after Ishaa prayer; تعقيب صلاة العشاء

Abeed Ibn Zurara narrates that he was in the company of Imam Jafar Asadiq (a.s) while a poor man complained to the Imam (a.s) about his bad financial status and for a solution out of it. The Imam (a.s) replied "If you have completed your Ishaa prayer then say "O Allah! Verily, I lack acquaintance with the place of my sustenancerather, I am seeking it owing to ideas that come upon my mindI consequently wander in places searching for itBy doing such, I am as confused as the confoundedsince I do not know whether my sustenance lies in a plain, on a mountainon the ground, in the airon lands, in seasat whose handsor who the source of it isI have full knowledge that You know all thesethe causes of them are in Your Handsand it is You Who distribute it out of Your compassion and cause it out of Your mercyO Allah, please send blessings to Muhammad and his Household and make, O Lord, Your sustenance that is provided (by You) to me expansivemy seeking for it easy for meand its source close to mePlease, do not fatigue me by seeking that which You have not decided for me to takebecause You are certainly in no need for tormenting me while I am in full need for Your mercy. [Please] send blessings upon Muhammad and his Household and confer liberally upon me, Your slave, out of Your graciousnessYou are surely the Lord of great favor.”

اللهم إنه ليس لي علم بموضع رزقي، وإنما أطلبه بخطرات تخطر على قلبي فأجول في طلبه البلدان، فأنا فيما أنا طالب كالحيران، لا أدري أفي سهل هو أم في جبل أم في أرض، أم في سماء أم في بر أم في بحر، وعلى يدي من ومن قبل من؟ وقد علمت أن علمه عندك وأسبابه بيدك، وأنت تقسمه بلطفك وتسببه برحمتك، اللهم فصل على محمد وآله، واجعل يا رب رزقك لي واسعا، ومطلبه سهلا، ومأخذه قريبا، ولا تعنتني بطلب ما لم تقدر لي فيه رزقا، فإنك غني عن عذابي، وأنا فقير إلى رحمتك، فصل على محمد وآل محمد، وجد على عبدك بفضلك، إنك ذو فضل عظيم

Abeed Ibn Zurara concludes the narration by stating that not too much time passed until this same poor man became blessed with sustenance.

Of course it's important to note that one condition for this dua or any to be answered- is to have genuine faith in Allah (swt) and to satisfy His requests first before expecting Him to satisfy ours. 

Hadith: Bihar Anwar V 83 Pg 124


as salam alaikum

the Qur'an says: "Seek your sustenance from Allah and serve Him" (29:17).

It also says: "He (Allah) does not command you to take the angels and prophets as your Lords ("Arbab", plural of "Rabb"). Would He command you disbelief after you have submitted yourselves (to Allah)?".

It follows that an Imam also is not a Rabb and that only Allah is the Cherisher and Sustainer of the whole creation.

With prayers for your success.