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Seeking nearness to Allah, the ultimate aim in our worldly work

90105_prayer2“Therefore, when you wish to go to your market or do something for your livelihood, or take up a craft or become an agent (wakālah) or engage in some other vocations in order to seek the licit and to imitate the practice of Allāh’s Messenger—Allāh bless him and grant him peace—and to seek recompense (thawāb) for yourself and your dependents, to earn provision for them, and in order to be independent of people while showing compassion to brethren and neighbours, and to pay the obligatory alms and discharge every obligatory right, then hold out hope through these efforts that you shall meet Allāh—glorified and exalted be He—while your countenance is as the moon on the night when it is full.”

Imam Al-Hārith ibn Asad Al-Muhāsibī in his Kitab al-Makasib wa al-Wara’

 

Resources for Seekers:
What Does it Mean to Have “Beautiful Restraint and Balance” in one’s Work, Career, and in Seeking one’s Provision?
Are There Any Invocations To Help Me Find A Job?
Trust in Allah and Provisions for Seekers of Knowledge
Is There a Prayer I Can Make So That My Co-Workers Will Cooperate and Work Better With Me?

How to not be Overwhelmed by my Fear of Unemployment?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: I can’t help it but think of long-term unemployment after graduating. Perhaps my degrees won’t be convincing to future employers. Yes, I network, I do internships…but right now I am just overthinking it all the time.
Please help me put my mind at ease and rely on Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala. I do not want to be unemployed.
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Take all reasonably possible means to secure future employment, yet whilst remembering that it is Allah who provides.
And that entails that you supplicate for a lawful income, and a means by which you can worship Allah. Pray the Prayer of Need (salat al-hajah) and work on becoming a better Muslim. The people of taqwa are always given a way out. [How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?]
See: The Meaning of Rizq (Provision) When Used in the Qur’an and Sunnah and: A Reader on Patience and Reliance on Allah
Please see also: What Does it Mean to Have “Beautiful Restraint and Balance” in one’s Work, Career, and in Seeking one’s Provision? and: The Muslim Standard of Excellence in Work and Life – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
And Allah alone gives success.
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Do I Have to Give Zakat if I do not Work?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: I only worked for a few months this year, I am a student, I have managed to save 500. Do I have to pay zakat on this ?
My parents recieve benefits from the government as they cannot work due to old age. Do they have to give zakat on this?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Zakat is due on wealth that you own, irrespective of whether or not you are working.
As such, if you are possession of the zakatable minimum (nisab) above and beyond your immediate needs and expenses, and one lunar year has passed, then zakat would be due. [see: Zakat: How to Calculate & Whom to Give]
See also: Zakat Guide 2014
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Dealing With Depression Caused by Unemployment and Loneliness

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq

Question: I would like some help inshaAllah. I attend Islamic courses and feel my imaan is boosted after. But then I cannot maintain this afterwards.

I feel depressed about my life situation such as unemployment and loneliness due to not being able to find a spouse and this gets me down even further. I feel alone and don’t feel that connection even when I pray. I want to read Quran and find solace but something holds me back, I feel too depressed to do so.

Also I would like to add that even though I wish to get married, a part of me is terrified that I will be in an abusive marriage, as I’ve seen the harms caused in such marriages.

Please advise as to what I can do.

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah descend on the Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions, and all who follow them.

Dear Questioner,

Assalamu alaikum,

Thank you for writing to us. I pray you are in good health and iman.

Allah the Exalted says, “When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:186)

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Mona Hassan who reminded us of this beautiful ayah of the Qur’an where God Himself speaks to us, lowly slaves, in the singular, promising us that He will respond to our call. Allah is close and even more so to you, because, as our teachers tell us, He is with the brokenhearted.

Don’t let past negative experiences weigh you down. Have a good opinion of Allah that He will send someone who is gentle and kind.

Resolve to stop feeling down and look at what is right in your life in terms of health, youth, community, family. See how you can be of service to others. Be proactive about finding work. And continuously ask Allah for help in finding a lawful income so you can marry and build a family.

Here are some useful articles from SeekersGuidance:

1. How does one perform the Prayer of Need?

2. Are there any invocations to help me find a job?

3. Difficulty in finding a spouse and losing hope

4. Bringing barakah into one’s wealth and life

May Allah Ta’ala grant you ease,

Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq
June 10, 2011/Rajab 9, 1432

How Do I Support My Husband’s Plans When He is Having Problems Finding Work?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq

Question: Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahu Wa Barakatuhu

I got married overseas to my husband nearly a year ago who has just come over recently. We are living with my parents, and my husband finds it difficult. They mean no harm, but he adamantly wants to move out. But we don’t have much money.  I am the only one working.

I don’t want him resenting me or my parents as they have been nothing but welcoming. We don’t have enough money to move out or look after ourselves at this stage and if we did we would both have to work.

 

Can someone please advise me on how to deal with this situation?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah descend on the Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions, and all who follow them.

Dear Sister,

Assalamu alaikum,

Thank you for your question. I pray you are in good health and iman.

Try to put yourself in your husband’s shoes. He had to wait for a year to be with you and now that you are together, he does not even have a home for you. Try not to take his feelings towards the situation personally. Alhamdulillah for having such supportive parents, but you also need to support your husband’s plans. Don’t remind him that he can’t afford a house; surely he knows this. Do be encouraging and positive. Help him find employment. Maybe draw up a plan for saving if that is something he might respond to. Is there any possibility of your parents helping you get your first place? My point is: Be resourceful. Your husband wants to be a good provider and give his wife her own home. But also be patient. Ask Allah Ta’ala to bless your husband with a halal and satisfactory income.

Finally, please read Sidi Abdullah Anik Misra’s excellent answer on bringing blessings into one’s wealth.

Bringing Barakah Into One’s Wealth and Life

May Allah Ta’ala grant you provision,

Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq
June 10, 2011/Rajab 9, 1432