The benefit of Trade

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In Fadhail-tijarat, Hadrat Shaykh Zakariyya (rahimahullah) quoted the hadith,

“Nine tenths of sustenance is derived from trade and one tenth from pastoral farming.”

I am looking for its reference.


Imams Sa’id ibn Mansur and Ibrahim Al-Harby (rahimahumallah) have recorded the following narration with a reliable chain from the Tabi’i; Nu’aym ibn ‘Abdir Rahman that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

Engage in trade, for nine tenths of sustenance is found therein

(see Takhrijul Ihya of ‘Allamah ‘Iraqi, Hadith: 1588 & Sharhul Ihya, vol.5 pg.416)

Imam Sa’id ibn Mansur has also reported a longer version from another Tabi’i; Yahya ibn Jabir At-Ta-iy (rahimahullah) which has the following additional sentence:

…and one tenth is found in livestock farming

 (Sharhul Ihya, vol.5 pg.416)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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