Author Archives: Ustadz Abdullah Taslim, MA.

Don’t beg for A Job!

Don't beg for A Job!

Don’t beg for A Job!

The stories of the excellences of the past scholars will never be run out to tell. Including the best of their ways in motivating themselves to increase their obedience to Allah the Exalted. We should take examples from them because man’s soul would be easier to take a real story as their role model and that would motivate them to perform righteous deeds and be haste in goodness (1). Imam Abu Hanifah said, “The (exemplary) stories of the scholars and sit following their lesson is dearer to me than most of the law (problems), because the stories contain their manners and attitudes (to be followed).” (2)

Our role model in this occasion is Abdullah Ibn Mubarak Al Marwazi (died in 181 H). A grand, well known Imam from the generation of Atbaut tabeen (a generation after the tabeen), trustworthy and conscientious in narrating hadith from the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-. He has many excellences and praiseworthy qualities. Imam Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani said, “He is a trustworthy, very precise (in narrating hadith), the possessor of very deep knowledge and comprehension, very generous and (often) went to the holy war (in Allah’s cause), he has (all) benevolent attitudes gathered in him.” (4)
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The Blessings in Family Income

The Blessings in Family Income

ings in Family IncomeAs a perfect religion, Islam has arranged and regulated, also explained in details, every single thing needed by it’s followers throughout their lives, in order to achieve wellness in worldly affairs, and in the Hereafter.

Allah declared,

{وَنزلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ تِبْيَانًا لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً وَبُشْرَى لِلْمُسْلِمِينَ}

“We sent down the Book to you which makes everything clear, and serves as a guidance and mercy and glad tidings to those who have submitted to Allah.” (QS. An-Nahl/The Bee: 89).

And when a noble companion, Salman al Farisi -may Allah be pleased with him- was asked by a disbeliever, “Is it true that your prophet (prophet Muhammad -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-) has taught you everything, even the manners in defecating?”. Salman replied, “Indeed, he -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- forbade us to face the qiblah while defecating and urinating…”[1]

Also not excluded from those details, the affairs related to managing and spending the income; all has been well regulated by the Qur’an and the valid sayings of the Prophet, in order to guide the believers to achieve the blessings and excellences from Allah in their spending, due to their obedience to His commands. The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,

«إِنَّكَ لَنْ تُنْفِقَ نَفَقَةً تَبْتَغِى بِهَا وَجْهَ اللَّهِ إِلاَّ أُجِرْتَ عَلَيْهَا، حَتَّى مَا تَجْعَلُ فِي فِي امْرَأَتِكَ»

“You will be rewarded for whatever you spend for Allâh’s sake, even if it were a morsel which you put in your wife’s mouth.’‘ [2]

Besides, managing the spending according to Allah’s guidance is the best way to overcome the evil nature of men’s lust, that will never be satisfied with riches and the world, just as the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, “If the son of Adam were given a valley of gold, he would love to have a second one; and if he were given the second one, he would love to have a third,” [3]

Also his saying, “Indeed there is a trial for every nation, and the trial for my nation is wealth.” [4]

The Obligation of Managing The Wealth

The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,

«لاَ تَزُولُ قَدَمَا عَبْدٍ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ حَتَّى يُسْأَلَ عَنْ عُمْرِهِ فِيمَا أَفْنَاهُ وَعَنْ عِلْمِهِ فِيمَا فَعَلَ وَعَنْ مَالِهِ مِنْ أَيْنَ اكْتَسَبَهُ وَفِيمَا أَنْفَقَهُ وَعَنْ جِسْمِهِ فِيمَا أَبْلاَهُ»

“The feet of the slave of Allah shall not move [on the Day of Judgement] until he is asked about five things: About his life and what he did with it, about his knowledge and what he did with it, about his wealth and how he earned it and where he spent it on, and about his body and for what did he wear it out.” [5]

This noble hadith exemplified the obligation to manage the expenses in virtuous matters, of which Allah pleased, because men will be asked later on the Last Day about the wealth they spent during their lifetime. [6]

In another hadith, the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, “Indeed, Allah detests for your sake, three things…..(amongst which is) wasting of money…” [7]

The meaning of “the wasting of money” is using it for other than obedience to Allah the Glorified and Exalted, or spending it extravagantly. [8]
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