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The Encouragement to Eat of what Your Own Hands Have Earned & Sufficing with it Over Begging & Subjugating Oneself to Handouts

October 7, 2014

Taken from ‘Riyadh as-Saliheen’ By Imaam an-Nawwawi
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Allaah Ta’ala said:

<<Then when the (Jumu’a Salah) prayer has finished, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allaah (by working, etc.) >>

[Juma’ :10]

544 – On the authority of Abu Abdullaah az-Zubayr bin ‘Awwaam –Radhiallaahu anhu- who said: The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallamsaid: ‘For one of you to take his ropes, go to a mountain, carry a bundle of wood on his back and then sell it – Allaah making that sufficient for him – is better for him than asking from people, whether they give or withhold.’

Narrated by Bukhari

545 – On the authority of Abu Huraira –Radhiallaahu anhu-  who said: The Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘For one of you to gather wood in a bundle on his back is better for him than asking/begging from anyone, they either give it to him or withhold it from him.

Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim

546 – On the authority of Abu Huraira –Radhiallaahu anhu- from the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam-  who said: ‘Dawood –alayhi sallam- never used to eat except from the earnings of his own hands.’

Narrated by Bukhari

547 – On the authority of Abu Huraira that The Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘Zakareeyaa –alayhi sallam- used to be a carpenter.’

Narrated by Muslim

548 – On the authority of al-Maqdaam bin Ma’ad Yakrib –Rahiallaahu anhu- from the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- who said: ‘No one ever ate food better than that which he earned with his own hands.  Indeed the Prophet of Allaah, Dawood -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- used to eat from what his hands had earned.’

Narrated by Bukhari

All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his guidance.

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