How to face the tidal wave of unemployment

Islam 21 Dec 2020 Contributor

Unemployment is one of the major challenges for the world today. It has social, financial, psychological and health complications. Many times adjusting to a very low income at times leads to homelessness, divorce, chronic depression, drug addiction etc.

Think of this scenario, you just graduated with honors or masters and completely ready to attend a new job. The only challenge remaining, will you be able to find a job suitable for you in a right way?

Another scenario, you may have a quite comfortable and interesting job with a good salary and security; or so you thought! But after a few days you found yourself laid off the job! What should you do in these situations?

How can we solve the problem of unemployment in the light of Prophetic wisdom (Sunnah)?

What advice did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) give us in such a situation?

How does a believer have to face this tide of unemployment?

It is not the believer’s habit to become depressed, emotionally broken, and addicted to drugs in times of trouble. The believer turns to Allah in all matters and seeks His mercy and help.

Above all, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“The matter of the believer is amazing. All conditions are good for him. When he receives any good and gives thanks to Allah, then it is good for him. And when he faces any hardship and is patient, he is also blessed. That is, the reward is written. And this situation is only for the believer. ” (Muslim, 2999)

Tawakkul (Reliance on Allah) and Tawaakul (Overdependence)

There is a clear difference between Tawakkul and Tawaakul. According to Islamic teachings, the first thing you need to do if you become unemployed or lose your job is Tawakkul (reliance on Allah).

That is, return to Allah first and foremost, rely on Allah alone and be satisfied with Allah’s judgment. Allah says:

“In the haven is your provision and everything you have promised. By the Lord of the heavens and the earth, it is as true as what you say. ” (Al-Quran 51: 22-23)

On the other hand, be careful that you should not fall into the trap of Tawaakul. That is, dependence on others. Do not rely on others to sit idle by yourself.

One day the Prophet (peace be upon him) noticed that a Bedouin was leaving his camel untied. He asked him:

“Why didn’t you tie up your camel?”

The Bedouin replied:

“I have put my trust in Allah”

Then the Prophet said:

“Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah.” (At-Tirmidhi, 2517)

You are going through the test, so you have to deal with it. Apply to different companies with details of your skills and keep praying.

The upper hand is far better than the lower hand

Sometimes the unemployment problem becomes extreme when you can’t find a suitable job for you. Try to understand the situation, it is more honorable to work in a position lower than the previous job or level of education than to sit without a job.

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

For some of you, it is better to cut wood in the forest and sell it in the market and be independent of people, than that you should beg from people, whether they give you anything or refuse you. Know that, the upper hand is far better than the lower hand. (Muslim, 1042)

Unemployment leads to idle time

Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There are two blessings in which most people are fallen into deception. That is, health and leisure.” (Al-Bukhari, 6412)

So instead of spending your free time, you should enrich your qualifications, try hard enough and keep on praying to Allah.

While searching and supplicating to Allah to give you a job, try to attend free job training courses to improve and increase your personal skills that will benefit you in your chances of finding jobs.

You can spend more time in the mosque or enrich your religious knowledge to improve yourself spiritually in your spare time. It will also help you to improve your mental state.

Never compromise with faith

Many times you may feel that you are not getting a job because you are a Muslim or because of your beard or because of your circumcision clothes.

Whether it is true or not for you, do not fall into the trap of compromising your faith to reach your goal. Put your trust in Allah and know that Almighty Allah will surely open a way for you. Allah says:

“Sufficient is he who puts his trust in Allah. Allah will help him completing his work. Allah has set a measure for all things.”(Al-Quran 65: 2-3)

Keep in mind that there will always be a light at the end of the dark tunnel. May Allah aid you and guide you through your trial. Ameen