Profitable Trades by Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq bin Abdul Muhsin al-Badr
Indeed, business, trade, and the attainment of profit—as well as competing in it—are the ambitions of every man and the desires of every servant. Every man in this Worldly life is a seller, buyer and merchant, setting out and either selling his (self)—and thus liberating it—or leading it to destruction. However, many people are heedless of the existing competition and pursuit in the attainment of the profitable trade whose benefit for the servant remains in his Worldly life and Hereafter.
In this treatise, Al-Mataajir Ar-Raabihah (The Profitable Trades), is some words about this trade— trade of the Hereafter with righteous good deeds. So, prayer is a trade; fasting is a commerce and charity is a trade. Every noble act that draws the slave nearer to Allaah is from these profitable trades. Just as there is profit and loss in the worldly trade, so is the case with this trade.
Excerpt from the book:
There are over eighty verses in the Noble Quraan mentioning righteous actions: Seventy-three of which are linked with Eemaan (faith in the Oneness of Allaah). This great number mentioning righteous actions is coupled with Eemaan, resulting in the mentioning of the reward and recompense for successfully attaining Allaah’s forgiveness and satisfaction, happiness in this Worldly life and the Hereafter, as well as a blissful living, attainment of forgiveness, mercy and other than that from the different types of fruits and positive effects attained by the good-doing believers: all of which serve as clear proofs for the status and high station of righteous deeds.
And the believer’s zeal for performing righteous acts increases, because whenever the Muslim considers these benefits, fruits and positive effects, his diligence, as a result, will increase and his desire will grow. However, if he is heedless of them, he will weaken and become preoccupied with insignificant matters and worthless things. Thus, if he continues upon that until the end of his life, he will regret when regret will be of no benefit.
These verses that link Eemaan and righteous deeds prove that the two are inseparable and that righteous action is a condition for Eemaan just as Eemaan is a prerequisite for righteous action as in His statement:
“So whoever does righteous good deeds while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allaah Islaamic Monotheism), his efforts will not be rejected.” [Soorah Al-Anbiyaa 21:94]