Self-employment philosophy derived from the following incident during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):
A man of the Ansar came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and begged from him.
He (the Prophet) asked: “Have you nothing in your house?”
He replied:” Yes, a piece of cloth, a part of which we wear and a part of which we spread (on the ground), and a wooden bowl from which we drink water”
He said: “Bring them to me”
The man then brought these articles to him, and he (the Prophet) took them in his hands and asked: “Who will buy these? “
A man said:” I shall offer to buy them for one dirham”.
He said twice or thrice: “Who will offer more than one dirham? “
Another man said: “I shall buy them for the offer” and the later bought them for two dirhams
He gave the two dirhams and the prophet said when giving them to the owner Ansari: “Buy food with one dirham for your family, and buy an axe with the second dirham, and bring it to me”
The Ansar brought the axe to the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him), who fixed a handle on it with his own hands and said: “Go, gather firewood and sell it, and do not let me see you for a fortnight”
The man went away, and gathered firewood and sold it. When he had earned ten dirhams, he came to the prophet and told him that he had bought a garment with some of them and food with other earnings.
(Abu Dawud, Hadith 1637)
This incident illustrates an important distinction between simply providing relief as opposed to making someone self-sufficient. Relief is generally a short term solution to a long term problem. Self employment through economic and social change is a long-term solution.
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On a flip side please remember:
The messenger of Allah said ; ” be genteel in chasing the world, for indeed each and everyone has already been facilitated for what he has been created for”.