Answered by Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq

Question: I have finished my studies over a year ago but as of yet I have still not managed to find a job in the field I have studied. Can you please advise me of some surah and prayers I can perform to help in addition to any duas?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah descend on the Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who follow them.

Dear Sister ,

Thank you for your question, which is a very important one.

As I have heard from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, any heartfelt prayer said with conviction in Allah’s sustenance is appropriate. Specifically, there is a prayer from the Sunna called salat al-haja, which you make when seeking a particular need from Allah Most High. The details are here.

If you have not done so, please avail yourself of any opportunities for networking.  Speak with former professors and classmates to see what leads they might have. Contact companies that interest you and see if they will keep your résumé on file.  Investigate the possibility of going back to school to update your skill set. And, in the meantime, volunteer your time with an organization whose work you admire. Who knows what opportunities this might lead to? Plus, the baraka of helping those in need is immense and keeps you from dwelling on your own difficulties.

May Allah Most High bless you with a Ramadan full of mercy, forgiveness, and salvation,

Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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