The Best in Islam #05 – Business (Part 3 of 3)

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. I'd like to welcome you, their viewers to another in our series, the best in Islam. In this series, as you all know, or you should know by now, we are looking at what Allah and His Messenger may God's peace and blessings be upon him, have said, with regards to various aspects of human life, which are, in fact, from an Islamic perspective, the best. So, in our previous session, we were looking at the best with regards to business.

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And we looked at a number of different Hadith from the Prophet, may God's peace and blessings be upon him as well as some verses from the Quran. In this session, we'll be looking at another Hadith, which is from Abu Huraira, in which he quotes the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him and saying, that and the tatoeba do come has Matten Allah Dahari Cairo, Allah Who men and yes, Allah harden for your RTR, who are we am not. If one of you were to cut a bundle of firewood, and carry it on his back, then sell it to earn his living, it would be better for him than begging from someone who may or may not give him.

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So in this hadith, the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, further elaborates on the importance of individual effort. We spoke before about the Prophet Muhammad Salah Salem saying that one of the best ways of earning after a blessed sale was that of a man or woman earning from the sweat of their own brow or from the efforts of their own hands individual efforts. In this hadith,

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the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, stresses the importance of not earning one's wealth, through begging that one, even to take a lonely job as cutting firewood, or cutting wood and carrying the bundles of wooden ones back selling those bundles. And then living from that effort. It is much better than begging others who may or may not give meaning you put yourself in a position of being refused an embarrassing situation, etc. This is not

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pleasing to God.

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When a young man came to the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him and asked for permission to beg. He refused him. He got him an axe or gave him money to go and buy an axe and go and chop firewood in one salad. And there are many occasions in which he has informed the Ummah that one who begs without just cause will come before Allah with no skin on his face or her face. So begging from an Islamic perspective, is fundamentally haram. It is not an acceptable way of life. Some people in

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countries have made begging

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a way of life. It's easy. It doesn't require as much effort. You can find others in other countries, making it a business on Hajj. You even have people who will pay to have their bodies deformed arms legs, and they will come on Hajj because they know people who are going to make hajj are very generous. They will give when they see people who are in need. So they will set themselves in key areas where the pilgrims have to pass and there they would be sitting, lying, whatever begging and during the Hajj they would get large amounts of money. Some people would even hire them and bring them over to do that.

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provide them the means to make Hajj pay them something, and they collect, it has become a business. And it's something from the Islamic perspective, as being something which is considered to be evil, the Prophet, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, I'd actually given some cases, he said begging was only allowed if one was following up on somebody else's responsibility, somebody else had a responsibility, person died, they left the family behind, and you have taken out the responsibility of trying to help that family. So you beg in order to try to help out that family, this is permissible. Also, if a calamity has taken place, this is a tragedy. recent tragedy, for

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example, in a pile, many 1000s of people have lost their lives, people are now homeless. And so under those circumstances, a person who may normally have been able to look after himself or herself is now forced into the streets begging, you know, you find people, for example, in Syria, suffering from the war have ended up in situations of begging or people who are just in poor areas, then particularly poor areas, and they themselves are poverty stricken. Such people having no chance no means to provide for themselves beg. And once they are able to get themselves back up on their feet, then they are not allowed to do so. And following after explaining these three circumstances in

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which begging may be allowed, the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam went on to say begging under Other than these three conditions. Oh cabeza, because he was speaking to a companion by the name of cabeza is haram. That is is forbidden and the consumption of haram.

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It is forbidden to take it.

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The act of taking it is forbidden, and what one eats from it, what one earns for oneself from it

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is also haram. And that being haram, meaning that it would affect one's life was correct one's relationship with God, and it would affect one's life. Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him. On one occasion, described the man on the desert

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was here was disheveled.

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And who was raising his hands up calling on God for help

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is on a journey.

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And these are all circumstances when a person prays and prayers are likely to be answered. However, the Prophet went on to say, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, that his earnings were haram. His flesh which was grown from the food that he ate, was haram. How would Allah answer such prayers? So, a person who lives in this kind of lifestyle, you know, begging and earning haram, eating haram, it means also that they have distanced themselves from the Mercy of Allah subhanaw taala their prayers will not be heard. It will be rejected by Allah. So the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. Here emphasized on one hand, the idea of taking on any job. Some people when

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they lose a job, they will sit at home, expecting to find a job as good or better. But in reality, those types of jobs may not be available, something similar to what they already had, and not be available at all. So they just stay at home.

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They no longer make efforts. But this is not acceptable. We should never consider any job below our dignity. We couldn't go on work because if we don't have a job, it is better to go and work at the lowliest of jobs, in order to be able to earn Halal

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earn what is permissible and pleasing to God. So, when we consider our ways of earning, we should never consider any job to lowly somebody in the society has to do it. And even though people may not respect us because of it, Allah subhanaw taala he respects us. He is pleased with us, because each and every member of society has a role to play

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lay in benefiting the society as a whole. So, the Prophet in this hadith make us peace and blessings be upon him, has encouraged us to put aside our pride and take whatever job will provide a halal earning for ourselves and our families. And we should never consider begging, it is something to avoid at all costs, it is only done in cases of emergency where there is need, there is no other way in which to gain this amount of money, which is direly needed by members of the society or even ourselves.

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So, the viewers, we should always consider ourselves and our society, consider ourselves as part of the society and playing a role in the functioning the building the running of the society. And we should never shy away from playing that part. Sitting at home, making dua for a job, instead of going out and working is not acceptable. Making prayer at home is not acceptable. We go out and we take whatever is available. Of course, there's no harm in trying to get a job similar to what one had previously or better than, however, we should also be prepared to accept something less than that. If that's all that's available. Inshallah, we're going to take a short break, after which we

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will continue to look at further Hadith of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him with regards to business, somebody comm Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

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From Qumran by workato Welcome back

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to our episode on the best in Islam, focusing in this episode on business. We began in our first part of the episode, we were looking at the importance of taking whatever work is available instead of begging

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that we avoid begging at all cost.

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The Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him

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went on to speak about the best way that one should spend one's earnings. And this of course is focused on males who are required to earn and look after the family. And so Ben quoted the Prophet sallahu wa Salam is saying after the dinar near the now rune Yun fipple Raju, Allah eyerly Er D now rune Yun FIPPA Harajuku Allah. Bertie feasable Allah wa dinakaran Yun fipple Raju Allah as hobby feasability la Allah azza wa jal the best of dinars is a dinar which a man spends on his family, a dinar which he spent

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is on his horse in Allah's path, and the dinar, which he spends on his companions. In the last path, in this statement of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. He urges men, first and foremost, to use their earnings to look after their families. Of course, as a man, he might have many other concerns many other things that he likes to do, he has many friends and others who might be seeking help from him etc. But his primary concern is primary responsibility is to spend his wealth on his family, this is the right of the family on him.

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It is his responsibility to provide for that family. It is their responsibility to obey him

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to follow his direction, but it is his responsibility to provide for them. So the best place in which he can spend his money first and foremost is on his family itself. Then the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him went on to speak about money spent in the way of Allah. Primarily, feasibility law refers to fighting, struggling, battling, to protect the Muslim ummah, when it comes under attack,

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when Muslims are being harmed, we are encouraged

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to respond and to defend the Ummah, defend the weak amongst us.

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So where a man spends from his wealth on his animal, of course, in those days, the main means of transportation or means of attack, etc, was the horse, the horse was the main, you could say vehicle, it's not really a vehicle, but the main means of movement. So the Hadith addresses the horse, however, it is whatever one may use in the struggle in order to protect the OMA. So the money which he spends in this way, is the best among the best ways in which he may spend his wealth. But of course, priority is looking after his family. The third,

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among the best ways to spend one's money is also to support those who are engaged in defending the OMA or defending the Muslim nation. The reason why the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, had stressed on defense of the Muslim ummah, and two out of the three options for the best mode of spending one's wealth was because of the fact that the OMA would come under attack. It did in the time of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. It did after that time, and it continued throughout the centuries until today, attacks would be launched against the Muslim ummah, in one area or another area. So not that Muslims are warring people, we like to fight, we like to

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engage in battle. We love the spilling of blood, this is not the case.

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The reality is that because of the fact that what Islam stands for, it stands for submission of the human will to God. The forces which are opposed to this, the satanic forces will constantly be striving to overcome the truth that Islam has brought. So whether it is in the time of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, the various battles which had to be fought, or the time of the Crusades, or the time of the Mongols, or

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our time,

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our time in which different parts of the Muslim world are under attack Muslims in Burma, Myanmar grow

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pingas suffering, having suffered for so many decades, continue to suffer,

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murdered, raped,

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killed,

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forced to see, this is not something new, it has occurred throughout history. So because of that, this reality, the prophet may God's peace and blessings upon him, he did stress the importance of either on one hand for males to be engaged in defense of the Muslim ummah, the truth of Islam, protecting it, taking it to the ends of the earth,

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making it available and accessible to humankind,

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or being engaged in supporting those who are engaged in that. And this is what the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him was emphasizing. So on one hand, and the two Hadees that we have looked at, in this episode, we are encouraged to make efforts on the lowliest of levels

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in order to provide for ourselves instead of being on the streets begging, this is not an option

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for a Muslim who is capable of earning, regardless of how lowly this type of work, maybe we should never feel ourselves too proud

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to work and earn for ourselves and our families.

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On the other hand,

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the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him stressed that we should spend foremost most importantly, on our families. These are our responsibilities, we should take as good care of them as we possibly can. If we as individuals don't fulfill this role, then it is put on the backs of others. Others are then forced to provide what we ourselves should have been providing. And this is not fair. And it's not pleasing to Allah. So first and foremost, our earnings should be used in properly looking after our families, because we will be asked about our families, as the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him and said, could look O'Brien aku LUCAM must own Andhra at each

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and every one of you is a shepherd responsible for his or her flock. And in concluding, the Prophet also encouraged us to defend the Ummah,

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defend the truth of Islam, to be prepared to do so. To spend in order to be engaged in defense of Islam, wherever it is necessary whenever it is necessary. And at the same time, if we're not able, we're too old, we're too young.

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We are disabled or whatever, we cannot physically participate in that effort, then we spend to enable others to fulfill that role, because the truth has to be defended. It has to be supported. This is the responsibility of this ummah, of this nation of Islam. And we took earlier that Allah had said, in the Quran, we Muslims are the best of nations. Why? Because we command the good. We prohibit the evil, and we believe in Allah. And with that, we close this episode of the best in Islam, in which we have looked at the recommendations of Allah's Ronald Allah and His messenger with regards to business dealings, how we interact, and how we spend our wealth. We hope to see you in

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the next episode. Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh