Get to Work!

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It is the noble duty of men to work for a living. Men should not be lazy and doing nothing. Then, he depends on others or begs others. Every man should go to work, even if he just get a little money.

In a hadith from Zubair bin ‘Awwam (may Allah blesses him), that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) says,

لَأَنْ يَغْدُوَ أَحَدُكُمْ، فَيَحْطِبَ عَلَى ظَهْرِهِ، فَيَتَصَدَّقَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْنِيَ بِهِ مِنَ النَّاسِ، خَيْرٌ لَهُ مِنْ أَنْ يَسْأَلَ رَجُلًا، أَعْطَاهُ أَوْ مَنَعَهُ ذَلِكَ

“It is far better for you to take your rope, go to the mountain, (cut some firewood) carry it on your back, and sell it and thereby save your face than begging from people whether they give you or refuse” [al-Bukhari].

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) also says,

إن أطيب كسب الرجل من يده

The best income a person earns is what he got from his work by his hand” [Ibnu Majah:2138, Al Albani in Saahih At Targhib says that this hadith is saheeh].

Working for a living is the pride of men. There is no pride in men who are lazy to work. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud says:

أرى الشاب فيعجبني فأسأل عن عمله فيقولون لا يعمل فيسقط من عيني

“I see the young man, and he amazes me. Then, I ask people about his work. And people say he does not work at all. Instantly his authority fell before my eyes”.

So it is obligatory for Muslim men to work, and be serious on it. A person who just sits in his home doing nothing or playing around, without working, is not a mutawakkil (a faithful person), but he is a mutawaakil (a person who pretends to tawakkal). And this is laziness.

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