Encouraging Livelihood by (working with) Hands and Abstaining fromBegging

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 59
Encouraging Livelihood by (working with) Hands and Abstaining from Begging

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“Then when the (Jumu`ah) Salat (prayer) is ended, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working).” (62:10)

539. Zubair bin `Awwam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “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].

540. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “It is better for anyone of you to carry a bundle of wood on his back and sell it than to beg of someone whether he gives him or refuses.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

541. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “(Prophet) Dawud (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) ate only out of that which he earned through his manual work.”
[Al-Bukhari].

542. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “(Prophet) Zakariyya (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was a carpenter.”
[Al-Bukhari].

543. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “No food is better to man than that which he earns through his manual work. Dawud (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), the Prophet of Allah, ate only out of his earnings from his manual work.”
[Al-Bukhari].