Excellence of Hard Work and Halal Earnings

Allah loves the person who makes his livelihood by hard work.

  • Abu Hurairah (RAU) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, “No food is better to man than that which he earns through his manual work. Dawud (AS), the Prophet of Allah, ate only out of his earnings from his manual work.”


Allah loves hard work so much that all of his Prophets worked hard to make their livelihood. For example,

  • Abu Hurairah (RAU) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “(Prophet) Zakariyya (AS) was a carpenter.”


hands of a worker

Allah provides for all of our needs but He wishes us to make some effort to receive it.

  • “And shake the trunk of date-palm towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe-dates upon you.”

(Maryam 19:25)

When Maryam (AS) was in labor and was in great distress, Allah could have sent any of His angels with dates and other food, yet He chose to stress the need to make efforts to receive anything and sent her a word to shake the tree so that she could have dates to regain her strength.


  • “And verily, to each of them your Lord will repay their works in full. Surely, He is All-Aware of what they do.”

(Hud 11:111)


  • Abu Hurairah (RAU) reported: Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “It is better for anyone of you to carry a bundle of wood on his back and sell it than to beg of someone whether he gives him or refuses.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]



  • So whoever does righteous good deeds while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism), his efforts will not be rejected. Verily! We record it in his Book of deeds.

(Al-Ambiya 21:94)

The best thing about earning your livelihood through hard work is that you will be paid in this world for your efforts and will be rewarded in the Hereafter as well. Allah wishes Muslims to be active and hard working and that is why Our Prophet (SAW) has at several occasions recited duas to be safe from laziness.