Today, the rampant pursuit of ill-gotten income is alarming, yet few seem to acknowledge it. We have lost sight of the reality that when greed overtakes a person's inner spirit, they surrender to love, kindness, and compassion, becoming slaves to their own selfish ambitions.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) left us with several wise sayings, which continue to resonate with people across the world. Among these, there are five that stand out for their profound insight into the relationship between faith and commerce:
The Holy Quran states in Chapter 23, Verse 51 "O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Taiyibat [all kinds of Halal (legal) foods which Allah has made legal (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits, etc.], and do righteous deeds. Verily! I am Well-Acquainted with what you do."
The importance of the following verse is so high that it shall be written in front of all important government and private offices.
The Holy Quran states in Chapter 5, Verse 100 "Say (O Muhammad ): "Not equal are Al-Khabith (all that is evil and bad as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods, etc.) and At-Taiyib (all that is good as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods, etc.), even though the abundance of Al-Khabith (evil) may please you." So fear Allah much [(abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], O men of understanding in order that you may be successful."
Earning haram income can have devastating consequences, including causing the breakdown and suffering of families, with children being particularly susceptible to straying from the right path.
It's crucial to remember that the cornerstone of virtuous deeds and worship is earning halal income or engaging in halal means of earning.
Without this foundation, all other efforts towards goodness and devotion are rendered futile.
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