Al-Kāfi - Volume 5 > Promoting The Quest For Sustenance And Work To Make A Living
Hadith #8

8- أَحْمَدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ صَفْوَانَ عَنْ خَالِدِ بْنِ نَجِيحٍ قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللهِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) أَقْرِءُوا مَنْ لَقِيتُمْ مِنْ أَصْحَابِكُمُ السَّلامَ وَقُولُوا لَهُمْ إِنَّ فُلانَ بْنَ فُلانٍ يُقْرِئُكُمُ السَّلامَ وَقُولُوا لَهُمْ عَلَيْكُمْ بِتَقْوَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَمَا يُنَالُ بِهِ مَا عِنْدَ اللهِ إِنِّي وَاللهِ مَا آمُرُكُمْ إِلا بِمَا نَأْمُرُ بِهِ أَنْفُسَنَا فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِالْجِدِّ وَالاجْتِهَادِ وَإِذَا صَلَّيْتُمُ الصُّبْحَ وَانْصَرَفْتُمْ فَبَكِّرُوا فِي طَلَبِ الرِّزْقِ وَاطْلُبُوا الْحَلالَ فَإِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ سَيَرْزُقُكُمْ وَيُعِينُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ.

8. Ahmad ibn ‘ Abd Allah Muhammad from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from ibn abu ‘ Abd Allah from Safwan from Khalid ibn Najih who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘Say Salam (greeting of peace) to whoever of your people you meet and say to them, “So and so son of so and so (the Imam) says Salam (greeting of peace).” Then say to them, “You must maintain piety before Allah, most Majestic, most Glorious. You must observe such issues through which you can receive whatever of the reward is with Allah. By Allah, I do not command you to do such things that we do not command our own souls to do. You must work hard and strive. After performing your morning Salat (prayer) you must go out early in the morning to work for your sustenance and seek lawful sustenance. Allah, most Majestic, most Glorious, will grant you sustenance and assists you to find such sustenance.”’