Shaykhul Hadith Hazrat Mawlana Zakaria Saharanpuri (R) said, “I don’t negate to earn money. What I point out is that understand why had we been created(?) It is only for Ibadat, i.e. obeying Allah Taala. Therefore, it is necessary to differentiate between objective and other things. Objective of life must be clearly understood and acted upon. At present what is happening is, mustache is surpassing the beard, which should not be. I advise that every day before going to sleep think for a while, how much time of mine has today been spent for Ibadat and the works of Deen and what portion of time had been consumed on other matters?
You must compare between the two situations and see how much was the difference? The Deeni works, if it isn’t greater than works related to worldly affairs, should at least be equal.”
This is an extract from Mawlana Zakaria (R)’s Malfuzaat.
Hazrat Zakaria (R) had emphasized upon remembering the objective of life, doing Ibadat of Allah and for that man had been created. The works of dunya, which had been permitted, many are related to ourselves and the others are related to obligations of other people, are all connected to Ibadat no doubt. However, today at large, Muslims fail to understand direct Ibadat and indirect Ibadat. Earning (halal) money, accomplishing all permitted worldly affairs are indirect Ibadat. Offering Salat, paying Zakat, reciting the Quran and so on are all direct Ibadat. All the permissible acts man does must be accomplished in the intention to please Allah Taala and as good deed. All those are some form of Ibadat and Inshallah Allah Taala would reward a believer for those. However, priority of all good deeds vary and even the priorities differ with change in time and demand. Without knowing these correctly from a qualified Alim, Scholar in Islam, one would be misled.
For instance, Mufti Taqi Usmani (DB) related a real story of a doctor that is worthy mentioning here. The doctor’s wife, over telephone, asked Hazrat Taqi Usmani (DB) that his husband, due to being very busy in medical services forgo Salat. When she discussed with her husband regarding the matter (not performing Salat), he told her that he had been engaged at a great service of humanity and that is also Ibadat. So the wife had inquired to Mufti Saheb (DB) about the matter. Mufti Taqi Usmani (DB) explained her that Salat is direct Ibadat. On the other hand, the medical services which her husband is providing to people is also Ibadat, but is indirect and not at the heights of Salat.Therefore, the husband’s understanding and excuse was wrong.
This is a concept which many Muslims today had become ignorant about. We must learn Deen, know Deen clearly and then it is only possible to lead a disciplined life. In such a life there would be tranquility because it would gain the blessing of Allah Taala.