Maintaining a balance in one’s life

Q: Many family people justify long working hours or the many more working hours than they give to Taleem, Dhikr, Salah, Qur’an recitation, Dawah, Majalis, Khidmat of Deen etc by saying the following: “It’s a Shar’i command to earn and we have to live in this world.” Is this correct?


A: Not maintaining a balance in one’s life and giving more attention to one’s worldly engagements over one’s Deen to the point that one begins to neglect one’s Deeni obligations and responsibilities is obviously incorrect. However if one fulfils one’s obligations to Allah Ta’ala and fulfils one’s responsibilities one owes to the creation (e.g. one performs all his Salaah with jamaat in the Musjid, one finds time to recite the Qur’an, educate his family, attend Deeni programmes and one fulfils the rights he owes to his wife, children, parents and family, etc) without falling short in any way, then there is no harm in one earning extra wealth despite one having sufficient wealth to see to his needs and the needs of his family.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

رِجَالٌ لَّا تُلْهِيهِمْ تِجَارَةٌ وَلَا بَيْعٌ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ وَإِقَامِ الصَّلَاةِ وَإِيتَاءِ الزَّكَاةِ يَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا تَتَقَلَّبُ فِيهِ الْقُلُوبُ وَالْأَبْصَارُ ﴿النور: ٣٧﴾

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَّا يَعْصُونَ اللَّـهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ ﴿التحريم: ٦﴾

عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن الدنيا حلوة خضرة وإن الله مستخلفكم فيها فينظر كيف تعملون فاتقوا الدنيا واتقوا النساء فإن أول فتنة بنى إسرائيل كانت في النساء (صحيح مسلم #2742)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)