The Dignity of Labor

The Dignity of Labor

The Dignity of Labor or The Dignity of work

150 Words

By labor, we generally mean manual work, work that is done with the hands. In ancient times manual labor worker was treated as an inferior being. Most ancient states were based on slave labor. Even the Greek city-states consisted of a small number of free citizens, who devoted themselves to the higher arts and profession and left all manual labor to slaves.

Islam attaches great importance to the dignity of work. Our Holy Prophet gives us great noble examples. He would never ask anyone to do their thing. He loved to do work for himself and for others with his own hands. When the mosque at Madina was being built, he carried mud and building materials. During the battle of Khandaq, he joins his companions in digging the ditch outside Madina.

The only thing we should be a shame of idleness and trying to live by one’s wits. We take off our heads to honest toil and honor the honest workman.

250 Words

By labor, we generally mean manual work, work that is done with the hands. In ancient times manual labor worker was treated as an inferior being. Most ancient states were based on slave labor. Even the Greek city-states consisted of a small number of free citizens, who devoted themselves to the higher arts and profession and left all manual labor to slaves.

Islam attaches great importance to the dignity of work. Our Holy Prophet gives us great noble examples. He would never ask anyone to do their thing. He loved to do work for himself and for others with his own hands. When the mosque at Madina was being built, he carried mud and building materials. During the battle of Khandaq, he joins his companions in digging the ditch outside Madina.

Our Prophet’s companions Hazrat Abu Bakar not only did his own work but also fetch water for widows and neighbors, who were very old and had no one to work for them. Hazrat Umar once carried on his shoulders a large sack of flour for a needy family. Hazrat Ali labored in a few gardens.

This concept of manual labor is absurd and wrong. And the difference between manual and mental work is misleading. the skilled work of the engineer the builder and Potter is really as much mental as manual.

The only thing we should be a shame of idleness and trying to live by one’s wits. We take off our heads to honest toil and honor the honest workman.

350 Words

By labor, we generally mean manual work, work that is done with the hands. In ancient times manual labor worker was treated as an inferior being. Most ancient states were based on slave labor. Even the Greek city-states consisted of a small number of free citizens, who devoted themselves to the higher arts and profession and left all manual labor to slaves.

Islam attaches great importance to the dignity of work. Our Holy Prophet gives us great noble examples. He would never ask anyone to do their thing. He loved to do work for himself and for others with his own hands. When the mosque at Madina was being built, he carried mud and building materials. During the battle of Khandaq, he joins his companions in digging the ditch outside Madina.

Our Prophet’s companions Hazrat Abu Bakar not only did his own work but also fetch water for widows and neighbors, who were very old and had no one to work for them. Hazrat Umar once carried on his shoulders a large sack of flour for a needy family. Hazrat Ali labored in a few gardens.

Manual labor is recognized today at least in theory, as being worthy of a free citizen, and no stigma attached to a man because he works with his hands rather than with his head. The leisured classes still look down on the working classes, whom they called lower classes.

This concept of manual labor is absurd and wrong. And the difference between manual and mental work is misleading. The skilled work of the engineer, the builder and potter is as much mental as manual.

But what we have still do learn is that honest work of all kinds is dignified and worthy of respect. In Pakistan, even the humble sweeper, who does unpleasant but, absolutely necessary work, ought to be respected, instead of being regarded with contempt and thrust down into the lower caste.

The only thing we should be a shame of idleness and trying to live by one’s wits. We take off our heads to honest toil and honor the honest workman.

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