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Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"No food is better to man
than that which he earns through his manual work. Dawud (PBUH), the Prophet of Allah, ate only out of his
earnings from his manual work.''
Labour and manual work make the living of a man good, laudable and excellent. The Prophets also
earned their living with their own work. Upon such earnings we get the Blessing of Allah. Some people wrongly
think that earning a living is at variance with trust in Allah. Rather the right form of trust requires us to adopt ways
and means according to our capacity and then to leave the matter to Allah. Also the Prophetic argument tells us that
any manual skill or occupation, and the one who depends on it for his living should not be considered inferior.
Instead, such people deserve respectable and worthy place in society because they emulate the example of the
Prophets. In our society, a highbrow attitude towards them is unfortunate and deserves our deprecation. We have
chosen to put some trades in a very low estimate and so is our view of those who are attached with them. In fact, no
trade is inferior, nor is the person who adopts it.