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Fatima is Fatima

by : Dr. Ali Shari'ati

Back You are here: Home Books Family The Principle Of Education (Up' Bringing)

The Principle Of Education (Up' Bringing) - 11.4. Approach and Style

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After knowing that, it is a demand of the Islamic code of life (Shari'ah), that every responsible person is duty bound to find out "the economic means" for his livelihood and for his family, and also for the fulfillment of the needs of others, and to the extent possible, to help resolve their financial difficulties. It has also been known that whatsoever type of task he may perform, he is obliged to do so, elegantly and diligently.

Moreover, it is necessary to impress upon the minds of our children, that whatsoever, profession they may adopt, or business they may choose, or service they may select, should be approved and permissible (muba'h), in the Islamic codes (shar'ah)! Because the religion has forbidden or disapproved (makruh) certain means of earnings for the maintenance of purity in thought and conscience, protection of the common interest, and due to their effect on certain psychological factors.

Therefore, if a certain field of activity is considered forbidden, then the earning drawn from it are also ill legal, along with the associated benefits derived, like wages, salary, commission, allowance, bonus, and awards etc. All are considered Suhut i.e. as forbidden (ha'ram). While mentioning the evil deeds of the Jews, the Holy Quran mentions: -

"They heed to lies, and eat from the forbidden stock." 143

The renowned philosopher, Allama Taba'taba'i, while enumerating the words of this verse, states: All the goods earned through illegal means, is termed as "su'hut". 144 And in this regards Hazrat Ali (ASWS), says:-

"The flesh developed from forbidden wealth (goods i.e. su'hut), is a part of Hell." 145 Therefore, the real Guide, Hazrat Muhammad (SAWAW) wants; that every member of Ummah, should spend his life by legitimate means (ri'zq-e-hala'l), because this Allah's approved approach, would also be beneficial in the Hereafter.

The Holy Prophet (SAWAW), says:-

"That person is exceptionally lucky, whose earnings is clean and clear." 146 At another instance the Grace for the Universe Holy Prophet (SAWAW), says:- "Praying is spread over seventy sections (parts). The best of all section is, the legitimate subsistence (ha'lal ri'zq). And there is a saying of Hazrat Au Murtaza (ASWS):-

"What a luck! what to say of a person, who considers himself petty (insignificant), whose income is legitimate, whose personality is " 147 pleasing, and who supports others from his savings. " 148 It is quote through the pious student of Imam Jaffar Sadiq (ASWS), Abu Ba'seer that: - Sadiq-e-Ale Muhammad used to say:-

"I used to work so laboriously on my fields, that I would be quenched in sweat, from head to toe!" While enumerating this, Hazrat said:-

"So that Almighty Allah may know this reality that, "I am desirous of legitimate subsistence (ri'zq-e-ha'la-l) " 149