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Was Zakariyya (‘alayhis salam) a carpenter?

Is it true that Nabi Zakariyya (‘alayhis salam) was a carpenter?


Yes. Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded the following narration:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Zakariyya was a carpenter”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2379)

‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) states that this Hadith proves the permissibility of manufacturing/workmanship and that carpentry is not contrary to chivalry. He also states that this Hadith explains the virtue of Zakariyya (‘alayhis salam) for he would eat through earning a livelihood which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) termed as ‘the best thing a man can eat’.

(Sahih Muslim with commentary of ‘Allamah Nawawi, Hadith: 6112)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

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