Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
I am very confused about my education. A lot of people say to me that getting a degree is a waste of time and it is just an excuse for worldly gain. They keep discouraging me from passing my degree or even completing it. They say that it will not help you in the after life etc. However I am the eldest in my family, and as the eldest I believe with the whole heart that obtaining this degree will satisfy my parents hopes and make them happy. I know that we shouldn’t forget our duty as Muslims but even the prophet Muhammad (sawh) said educate yourselves. Is there anything wrong with doing a degree or is this a good thing in Islam!!
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
You should certainly not leave your studies. Rather, continue, but seek beneficial religious knowledge, good company, and a means of drawing closer to Allah with your education.
1. The sunna is to complete things one starts. Allah Most High told us, “Do not waste your actions.”
2. Earning a halal income is obligatory. Taking the means to be able to earn a halal income, in order to support one’s family and parents is a means of great reward if done in accordance with the guidance of the Beloved of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace).
And Allah alone gives success.