Islamic Economics and Finance
One blessing among the countless blessings of Allah is that He has made the earth submissive to mankind. Enabling him to benefit from it in many ways.
Land for growing crops to satisfy his hunger. Rivers to satisfy his thirst. Various materials to provide him with shelter and so on.
"He it is, Who has made the earth subservient to you (i.e. easy for you to walk, to live and to do agriculture on it, etc.), so walk in the path thereof and eat of His provision, and to Him will be the Resurrection"
It is also duty of man to exert himself throughout the earth in order to seek the bounties of Allah.
Thus it is not permitted for a Muslim male to avoid working, if he is able bodied, due to laziness nor can he become a house husband and send his wife to work whist he stays at home looking after the children. But rather it is his wife's duty to stay at home look after the children and the household and for the Husband to provide for her and their children.
However one should not go to the other extreme neglecting his families needs and his prayers in the pursuit of wealth. but rather everything should be balanced.
His wealth should not be earned by indulging in the haram (forbidden) such as work which involves dealing in interest, selling alcohol, drugs, stealing, gambling etc.
Insha' Allah in this section we will deal with what is Lawful and what is unlawful in Islam with regards employment and business transactions.