‘Amanah can be interpreted as integrity, honesty, meticulousness, and trustworthiness. ‘Amanah can also mean performing a task that has been entrusted to us to the best of our ability. One of the greatest ‘amanah is being trustworthy with our job.
Islam demands its followers work hard to seek permissible (halal) sustenance for our own benefits and for the benefit of our family and our community. Islam prohibits us from being irresponsible, being lazy, cheating or being dishonest in carrying out our duties because we will be questioned regarding our amanah in the afterlife. Allah the Almighty said in the Quran in Chapter 9 (Surah al-Tawbah), verse (ayat) 105:
Which means: And say [Oh Muhammad], “Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do.” [Quran, Surah al-Tawbah, verse 105]
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reminded us in a Hadith which was reported by Imam al-Bukhari and Muslim regarding the obligation to fulfill our amanah:
Which means: “You are all leaders and you will be responsible for the ones you lead…” [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]
This Hadith explains that ‘amanah is important in determining the future of a family, community, and country. However, the media today is reporting widespread fraud and betrayal among people. For example, many public projects whether small or big, have failed because the people who are responsible for carrying them out are not ‘amanah. The Prophet warned us in a Hadith which was narrated by Imam al-Bukhari:
Which means: “…If ‘amanah is abused, so wait for the destruction.” He was asked, how would the ‘amanah be abused? He replied, “If a job is given to the people who are not responsible or qualified, so watch for the destruction.” [Narrated by Bukhari]
We can conclude from the above Hadith that giving a position to someone who is not qualified either morally or academically may be considered an act of betrayal. Errors or negligence in awarding an amanah not only destroys an organization but it also endangers the society and country.
A lesson that can be learned from the above Hadith is that betrayal can lead to negative consequences such as a delay in making decisions, abuse of power, acceptance of bribes, or unjust personal gain while holding a certain position.
Therefore, let us together reflect upon ourselves and evaluate our commitment to perform our job. We must carry out our work responsibly and properly. We must complete a task in the best possible way and we must refrain from committing any fraud, forgery, or embezzlement in order to obtain wealth that is not rightfully ours.
We must believe that people who work with ‘amanah and faith will be granted prosperity and blessings as Allah the Almighty has promised in the Quran in Chapter 16 (Surah al-Nahl), verse (ayat) 97:
Which means: “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” [Al-Quran, Surah al-Nahl, verse 97].