This is still preferable to a scholar taking a government appointment and then controlling their speech to keep their job.

If you are able to buy from someone who is engaged in study and daw'ah and you have the intention of supporting them, you share in their good deeds.

This is a real conundrum. There is something very evil about making profit from the religion, but at the same time it is very difficult to dedicate yourself to religion since the direction of the whole world goes against it.

Imam Shaf'ii (rahimullah) was known for selling...

...'utoor (perfume oils), but I think the real solution to this problem (as with all problems) is to be found in the sunnah.

The Prophet (alaihi asalat wa salam) did have land with date trees, which he cared for and fed his family with the harvest thereof. He also...

...said that if you sell land, and spend the proceeds on something other than land, you will not be blessed in it (Ahmad 17990, Ibn Maajah 2481).

This means there is a preference to keep some land as a means of earning a livelihood.

However, he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) also...

...said "Allah has placed my provision in the shade of the spear" (Ahamd 6/129).

Later, as the Muslims became politically ascendant, agriculture was frowned upon to the extent that Umar (رضي الله عنه) burned the fields of some Muslims who became too engaged with agriculture.

The hadith of K'ab bin Malik also describes the fitna of agriculture, how the blessed expedition of Tabuk took place just as the dates were nearly ripe.

Clearly jihad, especially in a time where it is a fardh ayn like the present, is a preferred way to earn a living.

As for those who are unable and are seeking knowledge (which is also vital for the success of jihad) it seems the first matter is to live simply.

Most of the individuals referred to in the post by Shaykh Haytham are most likely living in the West or countries that have...

...emulated the wasteful Western lifestyle, like the Gulf countries or Malaysia. The structure of these societies pushes you towards wastefulness, and as a result you are forced to spend more time and make more effort chasing money.

By contrast, in place like Egypt and Yemen there are social structures in place for living at a much more simple and less wasteful level. It's also not uncommon in such places to see shopkeepers revising Qur'an or listening to lectures while they wait for customers.

So even if you just move nearer to the fields of jihad, even if you are not able to fight due to logistical reasons or weakness of iman, you will find yourself in environments more conducive to seeking knowledge, both in terms of companions and lifestyle.

Being in such an environment is also much more likely to resolve obstacles blocking the path of jihad fi sabilillah, because less exposure and desensitization to sins and kufr will increase iman, and there are far more possibilities for the way to open.

So this idea that living in Egypt is no better than living in Denmark because both are *technically* dar al kufr really needs to be annihilated.

There are so many forms of fitna that arise from wasteful lifestyles, and commercializing the religion is just one variant.


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