How were the sahabas able to work and study at the same time?
Because they were the furthest from being lazy. If they had a chance to work they would work.
How come we are failing today and they were successful in their endeavours?
He was a businessman and made an agreement with his Ansari partner.
“I’m going to work one day, you go to the messenger (saw) and inform me of the knowledge. And the following day you will work and I will go to the messenger (saw).” So, they would alternate.
This meant that Umar Ibn khattab (ra) and his partner meant they would have to do double the work. His work and his partners work in one day. And his partner would have to do his work and Umar’s work in one day
Every human being, animals and plants we all need to make a living. Allah does not differentiate. When the prophet (saw) taught us about tawakkul he said:
“If only you relied on Allah a true reliance, He would provide sustenance for you just as He does the birds: They fly out in the morning empty and return in the afternoon with full stomachs.”
Notice the hadith doesn’t say the birds stay at home, sitting in their nests, sitting with their remote control watching TV. They went out early in the morning and came back at night.
They were working all day. And that is tawakkul. So the bird had to do a lot of work from morning to sunset.
So when it comes to rizq you’re going to have to work like everybody else. Just because you’re a muslim don’t think you’re going to be spoon fed.
When it comes to rizq in the Duniya everybody has to go out and work for it.
However, there is a difference between you and the kafir (disbeliever). The kafir, all he wants is to make provision for this Duniya (world).
But as a Muslim you are working in the Duniya for the aakhirah, the Duniya for you is a bridge to aakhirah.
So, you have an additional effort which is your aakhirah.
And that means, in order for you as a Muslim to succeed you need to do double the work than the kafir is doing.
You cannot be on an equal footing.
You have to put in double the work, double the time, double the effort.
Because, if you don’t, seeing as you have two items on your plate, you’ll end up failing in both.
So, if the system of rizq is complicated and requires a lot of time from you, the only way for you to succeed in both Duniya and aakhirah, is for you to cut off time from your entertainment, and from your sleep. You have to do what you have to do.
So, as a muslim you cannot afford to waste a single moment of your life. Not a single moment.
A Muslim cannot afford to waste any time. Because the clock is ticking and for you it’s a count down.