Choosing a vocation for Allah's sake
Fatwa No: 83103

  • Fatwa Date:20-7-2001 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 29, 1422
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Question

Which one is better in the sight of Allah (higher reward in the day of judgement): a man who is working a full-time secular job and teaches Islam on a part-time basis or a man who is learning and teaching Islam on a full-time basis as this is his job. Which of these 2 is better?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
It is obligatory on every Muslim to aquire the necessary Islamic knowledge which helps him correct his Aqida belief, worship Allah in the way He prescribed, and know the Halal and Haram in his daily life. This is a common obligation on every Muslim; so every Muslim has to attain this degree of knowledge. After acquiring this amount of knowledge it is obvious that the person who does much good deeds is better than the one who does less. Keep in mind that there the priority is not defined simply on the basis of gaining vast knowledge, higher degrees or good qualifications. Rather the priority depends on practicing Islam according to one's knowledge, and spending as much effort as possible to preach Islam and support Muslims . Indeed, the one who teaches Islam on a part-time basis and the one who teaches it on a full-time basis both are performing a good job. The comparison between them would be on the basis of each one's efforts, sacrifice and hard work done for Allah's sake. In fact, we have noticed that the person who works in his field in the morning and then devotes himself to teaching Islam and making Dawah in the evening is blessed in his work and his achievements are greater than the one who works for Islam on a full-time basis. However, one who works in a secular field serving Muslims or making people aware of Islam by his manners and good character also performs an admirable work. We should not consider his work less important. The most important is that one be sincere in his work and act according to Sunnah. When these two basic conditions are met the act becomes precious and Allah accepts it IN SHA ALLAH.
Allah knows best.

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