Kitab Al-Kasb Series (Part 22): The Obligatoriness of Conveying Knowledge and Delivering It to People.

And Imam Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybani says, "Just as the quest for knowledge is obligatory, the conveying of knowledge is also obligatory, for the occupation of the person of knowledge with practising it is fair, while practising contrary to it is repugnant; hence teaching is enjoining what is fair and forbidding what is repugnant, and this is obligatory on this Community (ummah)." Allah says, "You are the best community brought out for humankind; you enjoin what is fair and forbid the repugnant" [Al-Quran, Surah Ali-'Imran, verse 110]...

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 21): The Obligatoriness of the Quest for Knowledge.

The explanation of the obligatoriness of the quest for knowledge in the statement of the Prophet, "The quest for knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim" [Narrated by Ibn Majah], is that the meaning refers to the knowledge of actual circumstance, in accord with the saying, "The best knowledge is knowledge of actual circumstance, and the best vocation is preservation of wealth."

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 20): Is Commerce Superior or Farming?

Thereafter, our scholars disagree on the relative merits of commerce and farming. Some of them say that commerce is superior because of the statement of Allah, "And others travelling the land seeking the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the sake of Allah" [Al-Quran, surah Al-Muzammil, verse 20]. The meaning of "travelling the land" is commerce, and Allah gives precedence to it in mention over jihad, which is the hump peak of the religion and the way of the Messengers....

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 19): Agriculture is Not At All Reprehensible

Some jurisprudents say that agriculture is reprehensible due to what has been narrated that the Prophet saw something of the implements of ploughing in the house of a people, and he said, "None of these enters a people's house except that they become debased" [Narrated by al-Bukhari]. The Prophet was asked about the statement of Allah, "If you obeyed those who scoff, they would turn you back on your heels' [Al-Quran, surah Ali Imran verse, 149]; 'Is it about al-ta'arrub?' He said, 'No, but it is agriculture (al-zira'ah).'" [Hadith linked to Ali, narrated by Ibn Abi Hatim]. Al-ta'arrub is dwelling in the desert and abandoning emigration (a reference to the life of the Bedouin)....

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 17): Permissibility of Lowly Earnings.

Some of the ascetics said, "It is not allowed to undertake earnings that are considered to be lowly in the custom of the people except when in dire circumstance, due to the statement of the Prophet, blessing and peace be on him, "It is not for the believer to demean himself." [Narrated bt al-Tirmidhi, ibn Majah and Ahmad]. The Prophet also says, "Verily, Allah likes noble things and He dislikes inferior things." [Narrated by al-Khara'iti in Makarim al-Akhlaq, Al-Tabarani, al-Hakim and al-Bayhaqi]. The inferior is that which demeans a person due to its baseness....

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 16): In Earning There is the Meaning of Cooperation in Acts of Devotion.

Imam Muhammad (Al-Shaybani) explains that in earning there is the meaning of cooperation on acts of devotion and obedience (which is helping one another toward piety and devotion to Allah), regardless of the nature of the earning. He says to the extent that in the work of the rope-maker, the maker if jugs and earthen jars, and the work of the weavers, there is cooperation on acts of devotion and obedience to Allah, for it is not possible to perform the prayer except by first performing the ritual of purification, and this requires a jug with which to pour water, a leather bucket and rope with which to draw water (from the well), and requires the covering of (one's) nakedness for performing the prayer which is only made possible by the work of the weavers....

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 14): The Ranks of Earning and Their Legal Rulings.

Earning is of several ranks. The first is the level of earning which is indispensable for everyone. This means that earning by which a person can lawfully strengthen his spine in individually incumbent on everyone, for the discharge of the obligatory duties cannot be attained except by it; and that by which the discharge of the obligatory duties is attained is in itself obligatory. If he thereafter does not strive to earn more than what is necessary, he is at liberty in respect thereof, because of the statement of the Prophet, "Whoever enters upon the morning in peace over his flock and healthy in his body, having food for his day, it is as though the entire world has fallen into his possession" [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah and al-Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad]....