The encouragement to eat from the work of one's own hand, and to refrain from asking and turning to giving

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

59. Chapter: The encouragement to eat from the work of one's own hand, and to refrain from asking and turning to giving

Allah Almighty says, "Then when the prayer is finished, spread through the earth and seek Allah's bounty." (62:10)

539. 'Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr ibn al-'Awwam reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "It is better for one of you to take a rope and bring a faggot of firewood on his back and sell it so that Allah gives him what he needs than for him to ask people who then give to him or refuse." [al-Bukhari]

540. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "It is better for one of you to take a rope and carry firewood on his back than for him to go to a man to beg from him who then gives to him or refuses to." [Agreed upon]

541. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Da'ud, peace be upon him, used to eat from the work of his own hands." [al-Bukhari]

542. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Zakariyya, peace be upon him, was a carpenter." [Muslim]

543. al-Miqdam ibn Ma'dikarib reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "None of you eats better food than that which he eats as a result of the work of his own hand. The Prophet Da'ud used to eat from the work of his own hand." [al-Bukhari]