The Linguistic Meaning of ‘Earning’ (Kitab Al-Kasb No. 1)

Abu Tariq

From today onwards, on every Wednesday, I will share a part of the translation of the book Kitab Al-Kasb (the book of Earning a Livelihood) written by Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybani..

Part 1: The Linguistic Meaning of ‘Earning’
‘Earning’ in the convention of the lexicologists is the obtaining of wealth by (legally) permissible means, but the word, in fact, is used to refer to (obtaining wealth) by both permissible and impermissible means (Abu Ghuddah, p. 70)

Allah has made it obligatory for the servants to work to earn their livelihood so that they can thereby be assisted to render obedience to Allah, for Allah has said in the Quran (meaning):

And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.” [Al-Quran, Al-Jumu’ah (62): 10]

Thus, He has rendered earning a…

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