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The Value Of Work

During the time of the Prophet of Islam, there was a poor man who was lazy in work. His wife said to him once, "Go to the Prophet and ask him for help."

The man went to the Prophet. Before he could say anything, the Prophet said, "Whoever asks us for help, we shall help him, but if he does not ask us for anything and instead goes after work then Allah will help him and make his earning a blessing."

The man didn't ask for anything from the Holy Prophet, returned to his house and told the story to his wife. The next day because of poverty and needs again he went to the Prophet.

Before he could say anything, the Holy Prophet repeated his previous saying.

The man, again, didn't say anything and left. However, on the third day when he heard the same thing from the Prophet, he went to a friend's house.

He borrowed an axe from him and went to the jungle. He worked all night long, chopped some wood, and returned to the city. He sold the wood and with the money bought some food to take home.

The next day he worked a little harder. Everyday he would chop more wood than the previous day. Finally, he could provide for his family and save a little money on the side.

Little by little, he bought some camels and other necessary things he needed for his job. After a short time he discovered how to earn his living.

One day he went to visit the Prophet and explained his whole story from beginning to end. The Holy Prophet said, "I told you! Whoever asks us for help, we shall help him, but if he doesn't ask for anything and goes after work then Allah will help him and make his earning a blessing."


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