NAHJUL BALAGHA by Imam Ali (as) on SUSTENANCE :Allah (swt) has guaranteed your livelihood and has commanded you to act. Therefore, the pursuit of that which has been guaranteed to you should not get preference over that whose performance has been enjoined upon you. But by Allah, most certainly the position is that doubt has overtaken and certainty has been shattered and it seems as if what has been guaranteed to you is obligatory on you and what was made obligatory on you has been taken away from you..
Baqiyatussalehat- Five in number, the supplicatory prayers for sustenance are as follows:
First: Mu`awiyah ibn `Ammar has reported the following: I once asked Imam al-Sadiq (`a) to teach me a supplicatory prayer for more sustenance. He therefore taught me a supplicatory prayer that I have never seen more effective than it. It is the following:
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱرْزُقْنِي مِنْ فَضْلِكَ ٱلْوَاسِعِ
allahumma irzuqni min fadlika alwasi`i
O Allah, (please) provide me out of Your all-inclusive,
legal, and pleasant sustenance
with sustenance that is expansive,
legally gotten, pleasant,
بَلاَغاً لِلدُّنْيَا وَٱلآخِرَةِ
balaghan lilddnya wal-akhirati
covering all this-worldly and other-worldly demands,
enjoyable, and wholesome,
مِنْ غَيْرِ كَدٍّ
min ghayri kaddin
without exhaustive affairs
وَلاَ مَنٍّ مِنْ أَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ
wa la mannin min ahadin min khalqika
and without the favor of any of Your creatures;
إِلاَّ سَعَةً مِنْ فَضْلِكَ ٱلْوَاسِعِ
illa sa`atan min fadlika alwasi`i
rather, with a favor out of Your all-inclusive favors.
fa'innaka qulta was'alu allaha min fadlihi
You have said, “Ask Allah of His grace.”
فَمِنْ فَضْلِكَ أَسْأَلُ
famin fadlika as'alu
Thus, from Your grace only do I ask,
وَمِنْ عَطِيَّتِكَ أَسْأَلُ
wa min `atiyyatika as'alu
from Your gift only do I ask,
وَمِنْ يَدِكَ ٱلْمَلأَىٰ أَسْأَلُ
wa min yadika almal'a as'alu
and from Your abounding donation do I ask.
Second: Imam al-Baqir (`a) is reported to have said to Zayd al-Shahham: For sustenance, you may say the following supplicatory prayer in the obligatory prayer while you are in the position of prostration:
يَا خَيْرَ ٱلْمَسْؤُولِينَ
ya khayra almas'ulina
O best of all those whom may be besought
وَيَا خَيْرَ ٱلْمُعْطِينَ
wa ya khayra almu`tina
and O best of all those who may give,
ٱرْزُقْنِي وَٱرْزُقْ عِيَالِي مِنْ فَضْلِكَ
urzuqni warzuq `iyali min fadlika
(please) provide me and my dependants with sustenance out of Your grace,
فَإِنَّكَ ذُو ٱلْفَضْلِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ
fa'innaka dhu alfadli al`azimi
for You verily the Lord of great favoring.
Third: Abu-Basir is reported to have said: I complained to Imam al-Sadiq (`a) about poverty and asked him to teach me a supplicatory prayer for sustenance. He therefore taught me a supplicatory prayer after which I have never needed anything. Precisely, the Imam (`a) instructed me to say the following supplicatory prayer in the Night Prayer while I am in the position of prostration:
يَا خَيْرَ مَدْعُوٍّ
ya khayra mad`uwwin
O best of all those whom may be besought,
وَيَا خَيْرَ مَسْؤُولٍ
wa ya khayra mas'ulin
O best of all those whom may be begged,
وَيَا أَوْسَعَ مَنْ أَعْطَىٰ
wa ya awsa`a man a`ta
O most ample-giver of all those who may give,
وَيَا خَيْرَ مُرْتَجىًٰ
wa ya khayra murtajan
and O best of all those whom may be pleased,
ٱرْزُقْنِي وَأَوْسِعْ عَلَيَّ مِنْ رِزْقِكَ
urzuqni wa awsi` `alayya min rizqika
(please) provide me with sustenance, grant me liberal sustenance,
وَسَبِّبْ لِي رِزْقاً مِنْ قِبَلِكَ
wa sabbib li rizqan min qibalika
and cause me to receive sustenance from Your Presence,
إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
innaka `ala kulli shay'in qadirun
for You have power over all things.
Referring to the same supplicatory prayer, Shaykh al-Tusi, in his book of Misbah al-Mutahajjid, has mentioned that this supplicatory prayer may be said in the second prostration of the eighth unit of the Night Prayer.
Fourth: The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have instructed that this supplicatory prayer might be said for asking for sustenance:
يَا رَازِقَ ٱلْمُقِلِّينَ
ya raziqa almuqillina
O Sustainer of the impoverished,
وَيَا رَاحِمَ ٱلْمَسَاكِينِ
wa ya rahima almasakini
O Compassionate to the poor,
وَيَا وَلِيَّ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
wa ya waliyya almu'minina
O Patron of the believers,
وَيَا ذَا ٱلْقُوَّةِ ٱلْمَتِينِ
wa ya dha alquwwati almatini
and O Lord of power and strong,
صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ
salli `ala muhammadin wa ahli baytihi
(please) send blessings upon Muhammad and his Household,
warzuqni wa `afini
provide me with sustenance, grant me wellbeing,
وَٱكْفِنِي مَا أَهَمَّنِي
wakfini ma ahammani
and save me from what has distressed me.
Fifth: Reporting this supplicatory prayer for seeking sustenance from Imam al-Sadiq (`a), Abu-Basir added that Imam al-Sadiq (`a) ascribed this prayer to Imam `Ali ibn al-Husayn (`a):
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ حُسْنَ ٱلْمَعِيشَةِ
allahumma inni as'aluka husna alma`ishati
O Allah, I beseech You for excellent livelihood;
wa satawati shayatiniha wa salatiniha wa nakaliha
and against the sways of its devils, rulers, and chastisement
وَمِنْ بَغْيِ مَنْ بَغَىٰ عَلَيَّ فِيهَا
wa min baghyi man bagha `alayya fiha
as well as against the oppression of whoever has oppressed me in this world.
اَللَّهُمَّ مَنْ كَادَنِي فَكِدْهُ
allahumma man kadani fakid-hu
O Allah, (please) frustrate whoever intends to deceive me,
وَمَنْ أَرَادَنِي فَأَرِدْهُ
wa man aradani bisu'in fa'arid-hu
thwart whoever intends evil to me,
وَفُلَّ عَنِّي حَدَّ مَنْ نَصَبَ لِي حَدَّهُ
wa fulla `anni hadda man nasaba li haddahu
break off the sharp edge of whoever has targeted at me,
وَأَطْفِئْ عَنِّي نَارَ مَنْ شَبَّ لِي وَقُودَهُ
wa atfi' `anni nara man shabba li waqudahu
extinguish the fire of whoever has collected its wood against me,
وَٱكْفِنِي مَكْرَ ٱلْمَكَرَةِ
wakfini makra almakarati
save me from the trickeries of the cunning ones,
وَٱفْقَأْ عَنِّي عُيُونَ ٱلْكَفَرَةِ
wafqa' `anni `uyuna alkafarati
gouge out the eyes of the disbelievers,
وَٱكْفِنِي هَمَّ مَنْ أَدْخَلَ عَلَيَّ هَمَّهُ
wakfini hamma man adkhala `alayya hammahu
save me from the grief of whoever has grieved me,
وَٱدْفَعْ عَنِّي شَرَّ ٱلْحَسَدَةِ
wadfa` `anni sharra alhasadati
defend me against the evil of the envious ones,
وَٱعْصِمْنِي مِنْ ذٰلِكَ بِٱلسَّكِينَةِ
wa`simni min dhalika bilssakinati
protect me against all that through tranquility,
وَأَلْبِسْنِي دِرْعَكَ ٱلْحَصِينَةَ
wa albisni dir`aka alhasinata
dress me Your invulnerable armor,
وَأَحْيِنِي فِي سِتْرِكَ ٱلْوَاقِي
wa ahyini fi sitrika alwaqi
cause me to live under the shade of Your protective covering,
وَأَصْلِحْ لِي حَالِي
wa aslih li hali
set aright all of my affairs,
وَصَدِّقْ قَوْلِي بِفِعَالِي
wa saddiq qawli bifi`ali
make congruous my words and my deeds,
وَبَارِكْ لِي فِي أَهْلِي
wa barik li fi ahli
and bless my family members for me.
Prayer for More Sustenance -Baqeyatus salehat
It is reported that a man came to the Holy Prophet (s) and said, “I have many dependants and I am suffering too much because of debts. Therefore, instruct me a supplication by which Almighty Allah will provide me sustenance so that I can settle my debts and cover the needs of my dependants.” The Holy Prophet (s) taught him to do the following: You may do the ritual ablution very accurately and then offer a two unit prayer with accurate genuflection and prostration. Upon accomplishment, you may say the following supplication:
يَا مَاجِدُ يَا وَاحِدُ يَا كَرِيمُ
ya majidu ya wahidu ya karimu
O Glorious! O One an Only! O All-generous!
fayassir li dhalika wa ana khafidun fi `afiyatika
So, (please) make it easy for me while I am enjoying wellbeing that You confer upon me.
Another Salat Prayer for More Sustenance -Baqeyatus salehat
You may offer a two unit prayer; in the first unit, you may recite Surah al-Fatihah once and repeat Surah al-Kawthar (No. 108) three times. In the second unit, you may recite Surah al-Fatihah once and repeat Surah al-Falaq and Surah al-Nas each three times.
Tasbih of Fatima Zehra (sa)
Once the Prophet's (saw) daughter Fatima Zehra (as) asked the prophet for a helper. The Prophet(saw) advised her to recite the following Tasbih which is now known as Tasbih e Zehra. This Tasbih is usually recited after each prayer.
However it also has great value for solving the problems of Rizq, Sustenance, Business, Job etc. The person should recite the tasbih with the niyat (intention) of seeking rizq (sustenance), before leaving the house ,before commencing business or before starting work at office.
34 times Allah o Akbar,33 times Alhumdolillah & 33 times Subhanallah
Inshallah rizq problems can be overcome with this.
For an indepth look at this particular 'tasbih', have a view of this particular compilation http://www.scribd.com/doc/2296632/The-Tasbih-of-Fatima-Zahra
Tawasul of lady Khadija
Also the Tawasul of lady Khadija can be used to overcome Rizq problems as her wealth made the Prophet (saws) wealthy
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said:
“Adopt the fear of Allah and make your inner self sincere and read this Dua:
Ilaahee t’umuh’ul aamaali qad khaabat illa ilaika wa ma-a’akiful himami qad taqat’t’a-a’t illa a’laika wa madhaa hibul u’qooli qad samat illa ilaika fa ilaikar rajaa-u ilaikal multajaa-u. Yaa akrama maqs’oodin wa yaa ajwada mas-oolin harabtu ilaika binafsi yaa maljaa al-haaribeena bi athqaalidh dhunoobi ah’miluha a’laa z’ahree wa laa ajidu lee shaafi-a’n siwaa-i ma’rifati bi annaka aqrabu man rajaa-hut’ t’aaliboona wa lajaa-a ilaihil muz”t’arroona wa amala maa ladaihir raaghiboona yaa man fataqal u’qoola bi ma’rifatihi wa at’laqal al suna bi h’amdihi wa ja-a’la mam tanna bihi a’laa I’baadihi kafa-an lita-a diyati h’aqqihi s’alli a’laa Muh’ammadin wa aalihi wa laa taj-a’l lil humoomi a’laa a’qlee sabeela wa laa lil baat’ili a’laa a’malee daleelan waf tah’lee bi khairid duniya wal aakhirati yaa waliyyal khairi.
Dua from Lady Fatima (sa )
Recite ...The 5 sentences to be regularly
Ya Rabbal Awwaleen wal Aakhereen
Ya Khairal Awwaleen wal Aakhereen
Ya Zal Quwwatil Mateen
Ya Rahemal Masaakeen
Ya Arhamar Raahemeen
They were gifted to lady Sayyeda fatima( sa) as by the Holy Prophet saws when his daughter had mentioned to him that the kitchen fires in their home had not been lit since a month (signifying gurbah)
Rizq Dua by Imam Mahdi (atfs)
This dua is taken from a book called Sahifa of the Mahdi and its a tawassul through the 9th Imam. Shaykh 'Abbas Qummi also in his biography of the 9th Imam (muntahal aamaal) mentions something on these lines that asking Allah (swt) by the 9th Imam for increase in sustenance is a tested and proved method that really works.
wa as'alukallahumma bi haqqi waliyyika abi ja'farinil jawaad,
muhammadibni 'aliyyin 'alayhis salaam,
illa judta 'alayya bihi min fadhlik, wa tafadh-dhalta 'alayya bihi min wus'ik,
maa astaghni bihi 'ammaa fi aydi khalqik,
wa khaassatan ya rabbi li'aamihim
wa baarik lee feehi wa fee ma laka 'indee min ni'amika wa fadhlika wa rizqik.
ilaahi anqata'ar rajaa'u illa mink, wa khaabatil aamaalu illa feek,
ya dhal jalaali wal ikraam,
as'aluka bihaqqi man haqquhu 'alayka waajibun
an tusalliya 'ala muhammadin wa ahli baytihi
wa an tabsuta 'alayya maa khatartahu min rizqik
wa an tusahhila dhaalika wa tuyassirahu fee khayrin minka wa 'aafiyatin
wa ana fee khaffadhi 'aiyshin wa da'a ya arhamar rahimeen
Rizq Duas From the Book Tohfatul Hashmiya:
From Amirul Momineen Ali bin Abi Talib, Allah’s blessings be upon him said: One who is having problems regarding his livelihood and the ways of earning are closed on him, he should write the following on deer skin or a piece of leather and hang it or put it in some clothes that he wears. Then he will not take it off but that Allah will widen his sustenance and open for him doors of earnings from where he has least expected and it is as follows:
Allaahumma laa t’aaqata lifulaanIbnI fulaaniM bil juhdi wa laa s’abra lahu a’lal balaa-i wa laa quwwata lahu a’lal faqri wal faaqati allaahumma fas’alli a’laa muh’ammadinw wa aali muh’ammad. Wa laa tah’z’ur a’laa fulaanibnI fulaaniR rizqAka wa laa tuqattira a’laihi sia’ta maA i’ndaka wa laa tah’rimhu faz”laka wa laa tah’simhu min jazeeli qIsamika wa laatAkilhu ilaa khalqika wa laa ilaa nafsihi…
O Allah so and so, son of so and so, has no strength to struggle and no patience to bear the hardships and no power for him in poverty and hunger. O Allah then bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and do not hinder upon so and so, son of so and so, Your sustenance and do not decrease for him the widening of sustenance that is with You and do not deprive him of Your Grace and do not prevent from his share of sustenance and do not entrust him to Your creatures and neither to his ownself…
fa ya’-jaza a’nhaa wa yaz”-u’fu a’nil qiyaami feemaa yus’lih’uhu wa yus’lih’u maa qAblahu bal tanfaridu bIlamMi shA’thihi wa tuwallee kifaayatihi wanz’ur ilaihi fee jameei’ umoorihi innaka in wakaltahu ilaa khalqika lam yanfao’o’hu wa in aljaa-tahu ilaa aqribaa-ihi h’aramoohu wa in aa’t’oohu aa’t’oohu qaleelan nakIdanw wa in manao’o’hu manao’o’hu katheeranw wa im bakhilu bakhilu fahum lil bukhli ahlI. Allaahumma aghni fulaanabna fulaanim min faz”lika wa laa tukhlihi minhu fa-innahu muz”t’arrun ilaika faqeerun ilaa maa fee yadaika wa anta ghaneeyun a’nhu wa anta bihi khabeeruM a’leemu…
So that he becomes helpless and is weak to rise up in that in which lies his betterment and what was before him. But single him out for straightening his muddled affairs and take the responsibility of the fulfillment of his needs and keep an eye on all his affairs. Indeed You, if you entrust him to Your creatures he will not benefit and if you leave him upon his relatives he would be deprived. And if they give him they would give little and less. And if they prevent from him they will restrain much. And if they are miserly they would be miserly, for they are the miserly ones. O Allah, make so and so, son of so and so, needless by Your Grace and do not keep him bereft of it. For he is distressed towards You, needful of what is with You and You are needless of him. And You are informed and knowing about him.
wa maYn yatawakkal a’lallaahi fahuwa h’asbuhu innallaaha baalighu amrihi qad ja-a’-lallaahU likulli shai-in qadran inna ma-a’l u’sri yusra. wa maYn yattaqillaahA yaj-a’l lahu makhrajanw wa yarzuqhu min h’aithu laa yah’tasib.
And whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him, surely Allah attains His purpose, Allah indeed has appointed a measure for everything. Surely with difficulty is ease. And whoever is careful of (his duty to) Allah, He will make for him an outlet, and give him sustenance from whence he thinks not.
From Ali (a.s.): One who begins his day and does not utters these words, it is feared that his sustenance would be destroyed.
Alh’amdu lillaahilladhee a’rrafanee nafsahu, wa lam yataruknee a’meeyal qalb. Alh’amdu lillaahilladhee ja-a’lanee min ummati muh’ammadin s’allallaahu a’laihi wa aalih. Alh’amdu lillaahilladhee ja-a’la rizqee fee yadih. Wa lam yaj-a’lhu fee aidinnaas. Alh’amdu lillaahilladhee satara a’uratee wa lam yafz”ah’nee bainan naas.
Praise be to Allah, the One Who has introduced me His self, and did not leave me blind by the heart. Praise be to Allah Who made me from the nation of Muhammad, may Allah bless him and his family. Praise be to Allah Who kept my sustenance in His hands and did not put it in the control of people. Praise be to Allah Who concealed my defects and did not expose me among the people.
Also recite the following for increase of sustenance:
Allaahummar zuqnee min faz”likal wasii’l h’alaalit’ t’iyyibi rizqan h’alaalan t’ayyibaM balaaghaL LIDdunyaa wal aakhirah. S’abban s’abban hanee-am maree-aa. Min ghairi kadinW wa laa mannim min ah’adim min khalqika illaa sAa’tam min faz”likal waasii’ fa-innaka qulta was alullaaha min faz”lihi famin faz”lika asa-ala wa min a’t’iatika asa-ala wa miyn yakal malaayaa as-al.
O Allah, give me from Your wide Grace, and the permissible and the pure, a sustenance that is permissible and pure, sufficient for the world and the Hereafter, in continuous outpour, pleasing to eat and drink without undue struggle and without being under an obligation of one of Your creatures. Except that You widen it by Your wide favor; for indeed You have said: “And ask Allah through His Grace”. Then from Your Grace I ask. And I ask you through Your bestowal and I ask You from Your hands that are full of bounties.
Duas increase in sustenance and sufficiency in important matters- Verses
Among the formulae for increase in sustenance and sufficing for important affairs is the reading of the following verses:
Bismillaahir rah’maanir rah’eem. Wa mayn yattaqillaaha yaj-a’l lahu makhrajaa. Wa yarzuqhu min h’aithu laa yah’tasibu wa mayn yatawakkal a’lallaahi fahuwa h’asbuhu innallaaha baalighu amrihi qad ja-a’lallaahu likulli shai-in qadraa.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. And whoever is careful of (his duty to) Allah, He will make for him an outlet. And give him sustenance from whence he thinks not; and whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him; surely Allah attains His purpose; Allah indeed has appointed a measure for everything.
Recite Salawat on the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) three times before and after reciting the above verses. Perform this ritual every Wednesday.
Verse of sustenanceFrom the proven supplications of Shaykh Mufid for seeking sustenance is reciting seven times:
Allaahu lat’eefum bi-i’baadihi yarzuqu mayn ya shaa-u wa huwal qaweeyul a’zeez.
Allah is Benignant to His servants; He gives sustenance to whom He pleases, and He is the Strong, the Mighty.
Also recite the following seven times: 
Allaahumma adim ni’mataka walt’uf binaa feemaa qaddartah.
O Allah make permanent Your bounty and Your Grace for us in what You have ordained.
For sustenance and repayment of debts
Maaz complained to the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) when he was under a debt. He (the Prophet) said: Do you want that Allah should liquidate your debts? He said: Yes, O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). He (the Prophet) said:
Qulillaahumma maalikal mulki tu-til mulka man tashaa-u wa tanziu’l mulka mimman tashaa-u wa tu-i’zzu man tashaa-u wa tudhillu man tashaa-u biyadikal khairu innaka a’laa kulli shai-in qadeer. Toolijul Laila finnahaari wa toolijun nahaara fil laili wa tukhrijul h’ayya minal mayyiti wa tukhrijul mayyita minal h’ayy. Wa tarzuqu man tashaa-u bighairi h’isaab. Rah’maanad dunyaa wal aakhirati wa rah’eemahumaa tu’t’ee minhumaa maa tashaa-u wa tamnau’ minhumaa maa tashaa-u iqz”ee a’nnee dainee.
Say: O Allah, Master of the Kingdom! Thou givest the kingdom to whomsoever Thou pleasest and takest away the kingdom from whomsoever Thou pleasest, and Thou exaltest whom Thou pleasest and abasest whom Thou pleasest; in Thine hand is the good; surely, Thou hast power over all things. Thou makest the night to pass into the day and Thou makest the day to pass into the night, and Thou bringest forth the living from the dead and Thou bringest forth the dead from the living, and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest without measure. The Beneficent of the world and the hereafter and their Merciful, You bestow from the two what You like and prevent from the two what You like, repay for me my debt.
Then even if your debts equal the whole world full of gold, Allah would cause it to be liquidated.
For repayment of debt and removal of poverty
From Sahl Sadi that he said: A person came to the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and complained of poverty and straitening of sustenance. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) told him:
When you enter your house, say Salam (salute) whether there is someone therein or there is none. The recite “Qul huwallaaho Ahad (Surah Tawheed)”, once. The man did as advised and Allah gave him so much that he even passed some of it to his neighbors.
From ar-Reza (a.s.) from his forefathers from Ali (a.s.) that he said: The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) said: One who recites the following a hundred times everyday will acquire wealth by it, and poverty will be removed and the door of poverty will be closed while the door of Paradise shall be opened for him:
Laa ilaaha illallaahul malikul h’aqqul mubeen.
There is no god except Allah, the True and Manifest Ruler.
It is said in traditions to recite the above thirty times for removing poverty and getting prosperity.
For seeking sustenance
Allamah Amili (r.a.) says: We have found in some books of supplication that one who writes these verses on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan and keeps it in his purse or his money box, Allah the High, will cause increase and the two will not be empty of it till he keeps it.
For sustenance Write:
Bismillaahir rah’maanir rah’eem. Fataqbbalahaa rabbuhaa biqaboolin h’asaninw wa ambatahaa nabaatan h’asananw wa kaffalahaa zakareeyaa. Kullamaa dakhala a’laihaa zakareeyal mih’raaba wajada i’ndahaa rizqaa. Qaala yaa maryamu annaa laki haadhaa qaalat huwa min i’ndillaahi innallaaha yarzuqu mayn yashaa-u bighairi h’isaab. s’adaq allaahul a’z’eem.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. So her Lord accepted her with a good acceptance and made her grow up a good growing, and gave her into the charge of Zakaria; whenever Zakaria entered the sanctuary to (see) her, he found with her food. He said: O Maryam! whence comes this to you? She said: It is from Allah. Surely Allah gives to whom He pleases without measure. Allah the Mighty, has said the truth.
Another supplication for sustenance
In the History of Ali bin Anjab, known as Ibne Sayyi, he says: One who follows this supplication, his sustenance would become easy and their ways would become easy for him.
Allaahumma yaa sababa mallaa sababa lah. Yaa sababa kulli dhee sabab. Yaa musabbilal asbaabi fee ghairi sabab. S’alli a’alaa muh’ammadinw wa aali muh’ammadinw wa-aghninee bih’alaalika an h’araamika wa bit’aa-a’tika a’m ma’s’iyatika wa bifaz”lika a’mman siwaaka yaa h’ayyu yaa qayyoom.
O Allah, O the cause of one for whom there is no cause, O cause of all that have cause. O cause of causes in that where there is no cause. Bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad. Make me needless through Your permissible from Your prohibited. And through Your obedience from Your disobedience and by Your Grace from others than You. O the Living, O the Everlasting.
Allaahumma innaa nas-aluka min faz”lika maa yaleequ bifaz”lika kamaa yaleequ bifaz”lik. Wa ziyaadatam min faz”lika bifaz”lik yaa dhal faz”li urzuqnee rizqanw wasia’yn yaa kareem.
O Allah, we ask You from Your Grace that which befits Your Grace, like it befits Your Grace. And more than Your Grace by Your Grace. O one with Grace, give me a wide sustenance, O Munificent.
2. Chapter al-Talāq - 65:2-3: ) (“And whosoever is God-wary (observes piety) He would make for him a way out [from difficulties] and Bestow on him sustenance from whence he expects not…”
3. Chapter Nūh - 71:10-12:)
( “Then I said: seek forgiveness from your Lord, [for] indeed He is the Most-forgiving; He would send down abundance of rain upon you; and aid you with wealth and sons; and make for you gardens and make for you rivers.”
These verses inform the human being about the best path of ensuring sustenance and avoiding the calamity of hunger. If the culture of taqwā and istighfār (in its various manifestations and dimensions] were to prevail, hunger would no more be a predicament save in cases of Divine trial.) (“And We would certainly try You with somewhat of fear and hunger…”
We also have many traditions that guide the hungry and the destitute, as well those who would like to disseminate the culture of independence, about the ways of achieving sustenance. Following are some examples:
1. Imām al-Sādiq (as) is reported to have said:إِنَّ الْبِرَّ يَزِيدُ فِي الرِّزْقِ. “Indeed, virtuousness increases sustenance.”
2. Imām al-Sādiq (as) is reported to have said:حُسْنُ الْخُلْقِ يَزِيدُ فِي الرِّزْقِ.“Good behaviour (akhlāq) increases sustenance.”
3. The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said:دُمْ عَلى الطَّهَارَةِ، يُوَسَّعُ عَلَيْكَ فِي الرِّزْقِ. “Always be in the state of tahāra (purity) and your sustenance shall be increased.”
Therefore, the duty of those who sincerely utter this verse of the supplication, besides actively supporting others, should be to educate them to realize the direct causes of hunger.