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27 July 2017 CE | 04 Dhul-Qadah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


The Work of a Man’s Own Hand


The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked what type of earning was best, and he answered: “The work of a man’s own hand, and every pious sale.” [Hakim]

This hadith tells us that the best way to earn one’s living is to work with one’s own hands for it.

The legal basis for sale (selling things as a form of livelihood), prior to scholarly consensus (Ijma) is such Quranic Ayaat as the word of Allah Most High, “Allah has made sale lawful…” [2:275]

This Ayat is general in meaning, referring to all sales except those specifically excluded by other evidence. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) forbade various sales but did not explain the permissible ones, his not doing so proving that the initial presumption for the validity of a sale is that it is lawful. A pious sale means a sale free of cheating, deceit or sale of forbidden substances.

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