when is the last time you thought about the Importance of halal Income in Islam? One of my beloved brothers said we always look for halal food but we don’t pay attention to where is earning coming from?
There are more than 1.6 billion Muslims living around the globe. You might be living in America, Europe, Asia, or Australia, but the struggles that you face to earn halal earnings are nearly the same. With banks providing a big chunk of jobs and interest is rooted in modern society; it gets harder every day to earn a halal livelihood. Harder still is the fact that there is an allure in haram – it offers quick cash and you will be able to pay off your debt, accumulate wealth, and ensure the future of your children. But just stop there for a second and think – is that really (what’s) what is going to happen?
Abu Huraira (R.A) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “A time will come upon the people when one will not care how one gains one’s money, legally or illegally. (Bukhari, [3:275 – O.B])”
The above hadith really sums up the fact that earning money illegally (haram ways) will become widespread, and as of now, we are beginning to witness it too. How many Muslims are there that we know are earning haram for a fact? All of us probably know someone.
Also, our beloved prophet Muhammad(PBUH) informs us that there will be time. When Muslim will not care where his or her earning is coming from long as they can fulfill the world matter.
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace, and blessings be upon him, said, “There will surely come a time upon people in which a man will not care from where he gets his wealth, lawfully or unlawfully.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1954
Ibn al-Tin said, “The Prophet informed us of this to warn of the trial of wealth. It is part of the signs of prophecy that he would inform us of matters that had not occurred in his time.”
Source: Fatḥ al-Bārī 1954
Do we realize the consequences of our actions?
We may delude ourselves that we are safeguarding our life in this world, but we are not, and neither will we have anything for the hereafter.
It is reported by Jabir (R.A) that our Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
“The flesh and body that is raised on unlawful sustenance shall not enter Paradise. Hell is more deserving to the flesh that grows on one’s body out of unlawful sustenance.” (Ahmad)
We are not only dooming ourselves to an eternity of suffering but also exposing our innocent children to this harm.
But to think that easy money is the answer to our problems is naive and delusional. How many people or celebrities do we know who have committed suicide, even though they had everything in the world? What is it that they didn’t have in their life? If money brought happiness, all the rich people would be happy, not suffering from depression, and attending therapy!!!
IT IS INNER PEACE, SELF-SATISFACTION AND YOUR TRUST IN ALLAH THAT BRINGS ETERNAL HAPPINESS.
Why do people go looking for wrongful sustenance if they trust Allah?
“O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.” Allah SWT has commanded us to consume and eat the halal rizq which is spread around the world.
The birds and animals don’t know if they will have lunch or dinner the next day, but does that prevent them from going out every morning in search of food? Why can’t we trust Allah like that?
Allah says in the Quran
“Allah is Subtle with His servants; He gives provisions to whom He wills. And He is the Powerful, the Exalted in Might.” Quran (Surah Shura,19)
But, you have to remember to do your part first, before you wait for Allah’s help. You can’t just spend your days in, thinking to get food from Jannah, and an offer letter to work for Google in a few days if you didn’t even draft a proper CV! Who are you? Even the Prophet (SAW) had to toil to earn a living and even then there were times when he hadn’t eaten for days.
Umar reported: I saw the Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, spend the entire day suffering from hunger. The Prophet could not find even the worst dates with which to fill his stomach.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2978
Have you ever starved because you didn’t have enough to eat? You might say that you have a huge debt or complain about numerous other problems, but many of us forget how privileged we are to have food on our table.
Do we really have blind trust in Allah?
Do we truly believe that we are going to stand in front of Him one day and be answerable to everything we are doing right now?
Do we believe in our hearts that we are going to leave this world one day? That we are going to die?
This post is not supposed to depress you; it’s a wake-up call.
If you are earning small but halal; you have nothing to fear. Your financial issues and problems will be over soon; have renewed faith and trust Allah – He loves you seventy times more than your mother! You might have trouble seeing it but never doubt it. Give sadaqah and share with others whatever Allah has provided you with. Even if (it’s) it is one date only (fruit).
And if you are earning haram (don’t kid yourself, when you know you are) – Allah still loves you seventy times more than your mother! Which is why He has kept the door for halal always open for you. Give it up! Don’t worry that how in the world will you ever find another job – trust Allah – and He will create means for you from Al-Ghaib (unknown sources).
So work hard, keep praying, fear, and trust Allah. It would be as if you never had any problem, or you will feel as if you don’t – because Allah will take care of it.
Note: We pray to Allah that he guides us to the right path and give us the ability to earn.