Islamic Ethics

IN REGARD TO HONEST WORK

AND DISCOURAGING BEGGING

Islam urges every able man to work hard and earn his living in a decent way. The dignity of work stands high in the eye of Islam, and we are urged to stand dignified, dependable and responsible workers. Thus, we can provide for our families well.

There are those who are fortunate and well capable of working and providing for their families. There are those who are less fortunate and may be in need to various extent. Islam urges us to work hard for our living so that we will not be in need of others and lose our dignity and self-respect.

But for those who are in a position not to be able to work, God provides for them in ordering us to extend a helping hand. God says in the Quran:

وَ فی اموالِهِم حقٌ للسائلِ وَ المحرومِ

“IN THEIR WEALTH THE NEEDY AND THE DESTITUTE HAVE DUE.”

                                                                                    (AL QURAN 51:19)

God’s messenger, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) says:

لان یاخُذَ احَدُکُم حبلهُ فیاتی بِحزمَةِ حَطَب علی

ظهرهِ فَیَبیعَها فَیکفِ الله بها وَجَهُ خَیرُلهُ مِن

ان یسائلَ الناسَ اعطوهُ او منعوهُ

“IT IS BETTER FOR ANY OF YOU TO TAKE YOUR ROPE AND BRING A BUNDLE OF WOOD AND SELL IT, IN WHICH CASE GOD WILL GUARD YOUR HONOR; THAN TO BEG OF PEOPLE, WHETHER THEY GIVE HIM OR NOT.”

“HE WHO IS ABLE AND FIT AND DOES NOT WORK FOR HIMSELF OR FOR OTHES, GOD IS NOT GRACIOUS TO HIM.”

“GOD IS GRACIOUS TO HIM WHO EARNS HIS LIVING BY HIS OWN LABOR AND NOT BY BEGGING.”

“HE WHO HAS ENOUGH FOOD FOR A DAY AND NIGHT – IT IS PROHIBITED TO BEG.”

A good Muslim is a decent man and a gentleman. To earn his living, he has to work for it. His kind of work depends on his capacity, and on the opportunity available to him.

So, we are urged to depend on ourselves, to work honorably and earn our living as beast as we can.

He who begs of people will lose his self-respect, and will be open for ridicule, and his dignity will suffer.

A Good Muslim Will Remember:

1.      To earn a living by working for it honorably.

2.      Begging is a cheap short-cut to sustain one’s self.

3.      Some people are not able to work for certain reasons, and they depend on us for help. We should not scorn them, and should be glad to help, thus letting them preserve their self respect.

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