When a believer used to be jobless, he will have no choice but using his faith to live; in other words, he sells his faith to be alive.
Significance of Working and Endeavour for Islam
Islam disqualifies idleness, because work has been recognized as a sacred activity for Islam. Work keeps human beings away from lethargy and sluggishness and provides them with a more beautiful future. Human’s life is based upon the pivot of working. Human civilizations are completely the manifestations of continuous and long-term endeavors of mankind on the earth. Sky-scratching edifices, great dams, long tunnels, titanic airplanes and everything you can see in the planet are the result of human hardworking.
Consequences of working are not limited to economic and productive dimensions, but working plays a key role in moral, educational, social and cultural systems of life.
Conducting what is ordered by the Almighty God as well as worshiping and doing jihad for god sake are all sacred. Doing economic activities in order to make income and to meet personal needs is another sort of worship. Like the martyr’s blood, worker’s sweat of the brow revives the dead body of a society and brings about economic prosperity and makes the society honored.
Imam Ali (AS) says, “If one finds working hard and cumbersome, he must know that idleness and vanity is corruptor, as well.” (Al-Irshad)
Imam Baqir (AS), says, “Idleness is detrimental for both religion and the world.” (Tohfatol Oqul)
Addressing some of his children, Imam Sadiq (AS) says, “Avoid two deleterious features of idleness and impatience which prevent you to reach bliss in both the world and afterworld.” (al-Kafi) he also says, “Avoid idleness in order to be exempted from the scorn of those who now you” (Tohfatol Oqul) or “Don’t put people in trouble” (Al-Kafi) or “The most hated people for God are those who sleep nighttime and waste their time in daytime.” (Bihar- al-Anwar)
Imam Kazim (AS) Says, “Idle sleepy human beings are God’s foes.” (Al-Kafi)
Ibn Abbas says, “Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was used to ask the profession of people, who were interesting for him, and if they were jobless they would lose their position for him because he believed that when a believer used to be jobless, he will have no choice but using his faith to live, in other words, he sells his faith.” (Jame al-Akhbar)
Imam Ali (AS) says, “Seeking for livelihood in the early morning maximizes it” or “Those who seek for eternity should know that there is no eternity instead they need to be early-riser.”
Early Rising and Working
The Great Prophet of Islam (PBUH) says, “Early rising is an auspicious feature which increases all blessings including livelihood.” (Adab al-Motealemin) or he says, “Follow your demands in the early morning, because they are accessible then.” (al-Khisal)
Imam Ali (AS) says, “Seeking for livelihood in the early morning maximizes it” (Daem ul-Islam) or “Those who seek for eternity should know that there is no eternity instead they need to be early-riser.” (al-Kafi) or “There is no early rising superior than early rising to provide livelihood of children and household.” (al-Kafi)
Imam Sadiq (AS) says, “Make endeavors! Start your daily job immediately after saying your morning prayers in order to take advantage of the divine graces.”
Imam Sadiq (AS) says, “Muslims will be reformed through three facts: religion studying, patience during problems and well management of living.” (al-Kafi) or “Do the great work yourself and assign the little ones to others.” (al-Faqih)
He also says, “You need to manage your efforts for livelihood somewhere between time wasting and greed. Thus, follow fairness and chastity in your life, which put you over idle people and brings you what is deserved for a beliver (meanwhile hope for the God’s grace)” (Tahdhib al-Ahkam)