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The virtue of seeking halal livelihood

Question

Is there any Hadith which says something to this effect that a person who goes out in the morning to search for halal rizq for his family will be rewarded?

 

Answer

Yes indeed.

Sayyiduna Ka’b in ‘Ujrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that a man passed by Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). The Sahabah noted this person’s strength and vigour. They remarked: O Nabi of Allah! If only this person was [utilising his ability] in the path of Allah.

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘If he has left his home to earn for his young children, he is [rewarded as if he is] in Allah’s path (sabilillah). If he has left his home to earn for his elderly parents, he is [rewarded as if he is] in Allah’s path. If he has left his home to earn for protecting himself [from begging etc], he is [rewarded as if he is] in Allah’s path.

However, if he left his home to earn for show and pride, then he is in Shaytan’s path (sabilish Shaytan).’

(Al-Mu’jamul Kabir of Tabarani, Hadith: [19] 282 . Also see Targhib, Hadith: 2516 & Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 325)

 

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar