Local job seekers are encouraged to be open-minded and strive to improve oneself in seeking for employment.
Imams in the Friday sermon said, “Without doubt, there is stiff competition to fill up vacancies in the government and private sectors. Various initiatives and programmes have been introduced and implemented to assist local job seekers to upgrade their skills, capabilities and to make the local job seekers more marketable.
“The government has set up an agency called Manpower Planning and Employment Council focussing on human resource planning that is marketable, beneficial and able to tackle unemployment issues in the country.”
“Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) teaches the ummah to be independent and to work so as to not become a burden to others and the family. Those with jobs are considered independent and able to contribute to the community by helping others compared to those who are unemployed,” imams said.
“Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) praises those working hard and appreciates all sorts of jobs as long as the job is halal and dislikes ummah who begs, asks for money and burdens others. The attitude of asking money is despicable in Islam. Every Muslim should stay away from such attitude,” imams added.
“In Islam, there are several practices to open the door of sustenance. Allah the Almighty will also grant a way out of difficulties and gain unexpected wealth by staying-away from any wrongdoings, connect relationships and steadfast in performing the Sunnat Dhuha prayers regularly.
“Other ways to open wider sustenance are by making abundant Istighfar and to give alms and charity regularly as such acts invite blessings from Allah the Almighty and opens up sustenance. Giving alms and charity will not make any individual become poor. Those who give alms will receive huge rewards from Allah the Almighty.
“As Muslims, we are urged to supplicate in times of joy or sorrow, or in comfort or difficulty.
“Sustenance that we possess belongs to Allah the Almighty. In seeking such wealth, we should have the right intention with the aim to support our livelihood and our dependence.
“We should work hard and be determined to find a halal source of income and to always be grateful, patient and satisfied with any rewards from Allah the Almighty,” said imams.