• independance •

Ibn Yahya said, “Some of our companions narrated to us that Prophet Daawuud, alayhi as-salaam, would coume out disguised and ask whoever he saw from the people of his kingdom about his reputation. So Jibreel, alayhi as-salaam, encountered him in the form of a human and Daawuud said to him, ‘O young man, what do you say about Daawuud?’ He said, ‘What a good slave, except for one trait in him.’ Daawuud said to him, ‘What is it?’ He said, ‘He eats from the wealth of the Muslims, and there is no slave more beloved to Allah than a slave who eats from the toil of his hand.’ So Daawuud returned to his mihraab weeping and supplicating, saying, ‘Yaa Rabb! Teach me a trade I can do with my hand that would suffice me from needing the wealth of the Muslims!’ So Allah taught him the trade of making armor, and he softened the iron for him until it would be like dough in his hands. And when he would be free from judging disputes and from the needs of his family, he would make armor and sell it and he and his children lived off its price. And this is the statement of Allah: And We made the iron soft for him [Saba : 10] ; And We taught him the making of metal coats of mail (for battles), to protect you in your fighting [al-Anbiyaa’ : 80]”

[Tanbeeh al-Ghaafileen #695]

The Prophet, sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Make use of cloth! For indeed your father Ibrahim was a cloth merchant.”

[al-Hilyah 9/63]

Aa’ishah, raadi Allahu anha, said, “Sulaymaan bin Daawuud, alayhi as-salaam, would address the people from the minbar, and in his hand would be fronds he would use to make baskets, or some of what he’d make. And when he finished he would give it to a person and say, ‘Take this and sell it.'”

[Tanbeeh al-Ghaafileen #698]

Abu Saalih said, “Umar, raadi Allahu anhu, would command us to take part in three: importing is one, selling is the other, and the third is fighting fi sabeelillah.”

[Tanbeeh al-Ghaafileen #698]

From Ja’far bin Muhammad, whose father said, “The Prophet would go out to the market and buy the needs of his family. He was asked about this and he said, ‘Jibreel informed me, ‘Whoever strives for his children so as to suffice them from the people, he is on the path of Allah.'”

[with a similar wording in al-Albaani’s as-Silsilah as-Saheehah #2232]

Umar entered the masjid one day and saw some of the people of Yemen. He said, “Who are you?” They said, “We are those who rely on Allah. He said, “Rather, you are those who rely on the people. The mutawakkil is the one who plants a seed into the ground and puts his trust in Allaah.”

Ibn ‘Abbaas, raadi Allahu anhu, narrated that: “The people of Yemen used to come to Hajj without bringing their provisions saying: ‘We rely only on Allaah’ but when they would reach Makkah they would start begging people for money; so Allaah revealed: And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allaah‘ [Al-Baqarah: 197]”


I remember reading a narration I cannot find right now that the sahabah were so independent that if one of them dropped something while he was on his mount, he would not ask the one who was walking to pick it up for him – rather, he’d get off his mount and pick it up himself so as to never ask a person to do something for him that he could do on his own.


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