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Islam upholds certain distinct values, singling it out from all other prevalent religions present upon the globe. Among these values stands the prominent issue of choosing career. Making money is the need of every human being on the globe, irrespective of the religion to which they belong. Denouncement of career or jobs would only make the survival more problematic.
An acute moment in life of a Muslim is to opt for the suitable career. One does not have to follow the norm of society, but actually interpret the multiple sides of that particular career to determine its relevance in religion. The selection must be parallel to Islamic injunctions, incapable to impair productivity of Muslim, and possess sufficient potential to raise levels of a person in Hereafter.
An ideal case would be to select an option in career that would benefit the entire Muslim Ummah, as well as, provide sustenance to the individual himself.
Following are a few steps that must be followed by an individual when making career decisions:
A person will never be productive enough in his job- unless he puts his heart into that task. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses- with particular focus on the subjects you enjoy. Carefully weigh the implications of certain career on your lifestyle, then contrast those with the kind of lifestyle you desire; pursue the chosen field if these go hand in hand. Cast aside if they don’t.
It is highly important for one to consult elders when making grim career-oriented decisions- that ought to have far-reaching consequences upon one’s life. Since career building matters to yield long term results, one shall always consult with parents, guardians, teachers and fellows prior to making any decision. They will provide sincere and experienced thoughts about the issue, helping in acquiring a more reliable and beneficial decision
A mandatory condition for all considered career opportunities is that, they must serve Halal income.
Abu Hurairah (rta) said: “The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: ‘if one of you were to carry a bundle of firewood on his back and sell it, that would be better than asking a man who may or may not give him something.”‘ (An-Nasai)
Working to earn a Halal earning is a religious obligation in itself, apart from the other basic obligatory acts- like fasting, Hajj and Zakat.
Material pleasures may come and pass eventually, but the earning means are recorded in the Deed Book, for eternity. Islam does not even deny the manual labour when it comes down to earning.
Therefore, whatever career you choose, evaluate the Islamic limits, and whether the profession falls within the premises of Islamic guidelines.
Connecting Career with Ibadah
When a person opts for any career, particularly Muslim, he must have a religious perspective in sight, too. That would mean that he must only go for the career that would allow him to follow teachings of Allah (swt), and remain steadfast to Islamic laws. This will be then imputed as a good deed, Insha’Allah.
“Shaytan (Satan) threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.); whereas Allah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (Al-Baqarah 2:268).
This point also implies that an individual must choose a profession that would benefit the Ummah directly or in the long run.
Seek Allah’s (swt)Assistance
All human efforts are meaningless- unless they are in accordance with Allah’s (swt) commands, or seeking His pleasure. Humankind, as frail as it is, is always at the risk of attaining wrath of Allah (swt) through the actions attempted in ignorance, or in complete senses. In order to reduce the probability of falling under Allah’s (swt) disgrace, be assured that you follow His commands. Refer to Him in all matters, and make Him your confidant for He truly is the only One to show correct path.
Thus, we conclude this topic with the belief that- no matter what profession we choose, we need to stand on firm-footing about its placement in Islam- along with imploring for Allah’s (swt) help constantly. The sound repercussions of such career would clearly be felt throughout one’s life.