Halal income enriches individual and family life. Even if the income is low, it brings peace and success. In contrast, illicit earnings reduce the blessings of life and property. It has a negative impact on the society and the state as well as individual and family crises. That is why Allah has placed special emphasis on earning money as well as various provisions of Islam. Even through the prophets, he encouraged every nation to earn halal. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘No one ever eats better food than the food he has earned with his own hands. God’s Prophet David (peace be upon him) used to eat with his own hands. (Bukhari, Hadith: 2072)
Dear Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not like to be dependent on others; Rather, he preferred to earn his own living. That is why the beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) started herding goats from his childhood and business in his youth. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Allaah did not send a Prophet who did not graze goats. Then the disciples said, you too? He said, “Yes, I used to graze the goats of the people of Makkah for a few qiraats (coins).” (Bukhari, Hadith: 2272)
Noah (peace be upon him): Noah (peace be upon him) was the first messenger of God. He arrived a thousand years after the arrival of Adam (pbuh). First of all, Allah gave him the Shari’ah. This respected prophet also has the responsibility of conveying the message of Allah as well as running the family by earning with his own hands. He knew the technique of making creative furniture with wood. The people to whom Allah sent him were the first to introduce polytheism and idolatry on earth. When they did not return to the path of monotheism despite repeated warnings, Allah instructed Noah (pbuh) to build a wooden boat. The Holy Qur’an depicts him building a boat like this, ‘And you build a boat in front of me according to my instructions and do not tell me anything about sinners. Of course they will drown. (And after receiving instructions) he started building the boat …. (Surah Hud, verses 37-38)
Ibrahim (AS): Ibrahim (AS) is the friend of Allah and His beloved Messenger. He has also earned the responsibility of Risalat with his own hands. He was quite skilled in construction. When the Kaaba was destroyed in the flood in the time of Noah (peace be upon him), Allah instructed Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and his son Ishmael (peace be upon him) to rebuild the Kaaba. When the construction work started, Ishmael (peace be upon him) would bring stones and Ibrahim (peace be upon him) would complete the construction work. At one point when the walls of the Kaaba were raised, he completed the construction with the help of Allah’s miraculous ‘lift’ stone ‘Makame Ibrahim’. In this regard, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Remember when Ibraaheem and Ishmael laid the foundation of the House. They prayed, Lord, accept from us. Surely Thou art the Hearing, the Knowing. ‘(Surat al-Baqara, Ayat: 128)
David (peace be upon him): David (peace be upon him) was the king of that time and God’s chosen prophet and messenger. Despite his vast empire and vast wealth, he preferred to enjoy the things he earned with his own hands. That is why Allah taught him the technique of making armor and weapons with iron. Touching hard and hard iron would make it soft. His job was to make weapons, iron armor and body clothes. He made a living by selling these. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, Allah’s Prophet Dawood (peace be upon him) used to eat from his own earnings. (Bukhari, Hadith: 2063). May Allah Almighty grant us all the tawfiq to seek halal sustenance.