Nabi ﷺ loved Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه the most and vice versa. They enjoyed each other’s company the most. However, that did not stop Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه from regularly travelling to Shaam for business, and it did not stop Nabi ﷺ from accepting and supporting his efforts to earn. From this, we learn the importance of balance.
I know one brother who works as a businessman. He gave his name to go for Jamat for four months. After doing so he informed me seeking duas for his acceptance but I said to him that you are in debts, you are struggling financially. How will you manage to go? He responded that I sold an old asset and used that money for the trip. I leave the business in Allah’s hands. So I advised him to use that money to pay off his debts instead. With regards to Jamat, work in the shop by day and by evening go Jamat locally. Later on when Allah blesses you with wealth and you can afford it, then go for four months. He refused this idea and ended up going for four months.
Once he returned, I did not hear much from him until one day, he emailed me saying that he was stuck. His debts had increased further and his financial situation was worse. He explained the situation eventually asking that why is Allah doing this to me? I am doing everything right in deen. The truth is, it is not Allah doing that to him, it is his own doing. Allah gave him a good business but he did not look after it when it needed his attention. Where is the itidaal/balance? This is what we need, we must learn to balance deen with our work life. Do not neglect your deen but do not neglect your work either.
Who wouldn’t love to sit in the company of Nabi ﷺ? Yet, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم would leave his side for work. Who would understand the effort and importance of deen better than Nabi ﷺ? Yet, He ﷺ would encourage his companions to earn too. This highlights the need for balance. Sitting in front of me now is a Jamaat of Darul Uloom students. They took their exams in Darul Uloom and now that we have an extended weekend, they have decided to come in Jamaat. It is not possible to do Allah’s work and expect him to take care of their exams. So they have allocated time for study, exams and now in their free time, Jamaat. This is how we strike a balance.
May Allah grant us the tawfiq to understand this, Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 10/08/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.