Working for a living

Reference: Saheeh al-Jaami’ lil-Albaanee, no.1428

Some of the companions saw a strong young man racing to his job, and they remarked: ‘If only [he was rushing] in the Path of Allaah…’, then the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) responded to them, saying:

«Don’t say this; verily if he leaves [home] striving for his small child, then it is in the Path of Allaah.

And if he leaves [home] striving for his elderly parents, then it is in the Path of Allaah.

And if he leaves [home] striving for self sufficiency, working so as not to ask others, then it is in the Path of Allaah.

And if he leaves [home] to show off, and with arrogance, then it is in the Path of Shaytaan.»

Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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