Hadith on Independence: Hard work is better than begging people

September 2, 2012

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “By him in whose hand is my soul, if one of you were to carry a bundle of firewood on his back and sell it, that would be better for him than begging a man who may or may not give him anything.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1401, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1042

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَأَنْ يَأْخُذَ أَحَدُكُمْ حَبْلَهُ فَيَحْتَطِبَ عَلَى ظَهْرِهِ خَيْرٌ لَهُ مِنْ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ رَجُلًا فَيَسْأَلَهُ أَعْطَاهُ أَوْ مَنَعَهُ

1401 صحيح البخاري كتاب الزكاة باب الاستعفاف عن المسألة

1042 صحيح مسلم كتاب الزكاة باب كراهة المسألة للناس