Muslim Women’s Bookshelf (B) – Earning Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Blessed Sustenance

Book : Earning Barakah : An Islamic Guide to Blessed Sustenance

Author : Ismail Kamdar


Welcome to the latest instalment in our series on A-Z inspirational reads! In this post, we’ll be reading about the book, “Earning Barakah : An Islamic Guide to Blessed Sustenance” by Ismail Kamdar


Shaykh Ismail Kamdar is a graduate of a traditional Alim program (Talimuddin, 2006) and also holds a Bachelor’s in Islamic Studies (IOU, 2014). He has studied Islam in both traditional and modern settings and has been a student of Islamic Studies for over two decades.

He served as faculty manager at the International Open University for ten years, from 2010 to 2020. He currently works full-time as a research manager at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. 


Earning a halal income and striving for barakah in our sustenance is a fundamental aspect of Islam. In his book “Earning Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Blessed Sustenance,” Ismail Kamdar offers practical guidance on how to earn and manage our finances in a way that is pleasing to Allah and brings barakah in our lives.


One of the main takeaways from “Earning Barakah” is the importance of seeking blessings in our earnings. The book emphasizes that earning money is not just about making a living, but also about fulfilling our duty to Allah and seeking His pleasure. It offers practical guidance on how to apply Islamic principles to our work and business dealings, and how to cultivate a mindset of gratitude and contentment in our pursuit of wealth.

Just as poverty can tempt one to sin, blessed sustenance
opens the doors to worship Allah more without having to
worry about this world. When a person has blessed
sustenance, all of their worldly issues are in order, and
they can focus on worshipping Allah and serving the
Deen. They can even use their excess wealth for charity
and other beneficial purposes.

Ismail Kamdar


The author adeptly clarifies the Islamic perspective on money, emphasizing that wealth is a test from Allah, and not inherently good or evil. He sheds light on the significance of Rizq, the appropriate interpretation of Zuhd, the importance of financial independence, and the far-reaching benefits of the Waqf system in society.

Moreover, Shaykh Kamdar provides practical guidance on how to attain Barakah in our sustenance through gratitude, performing acts for the sake of Allah, piety, trust in God, giving charity, and conducting business with honesty. By focusing on these principles, readers can develop a healthy and balanced relationship with money, in line with Islamic teachings.

Overall, Earning Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Blessed Sustenance offers valuable insights on how to approach wealth from an Islamic perspective. This short ebook with nearly 150 pages is suitable for beginner readers. It is a must-read for those seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the role of money in their lives and how to earn it with barakah.

We will be asked about our wealth, both
how we earned it and how we spent it. Because of this, we
should strive to earn wealth in a way that benefits
humanity and to spend a portion of it on taking care of
others. These two factors combined create blessings in
our wealth that benefit us and others in both worlds.

Ismail Kamdar




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