The Hard Work
Today, we take pride in holding big posts and working for big firms and companies; and leading a comfortable and luxurious life. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is in lawful manner. But the irony is that there is a growing tendency among Muslims to take false pride. They feel and believe that people who have been successful in attaining great positions are better and therefore notable and worthy of respect whereas those who have not attained the same are considered as inferior. According to Islam, anyone who struggles to sustain himself and his family in lawful manner - then whatever lawful job or work he may undertake for the purpose, he is worthy in the sight of Allah (SWT).
Historians write that Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (A.S.) used to work in his farm. Ali ibn Hamza once saw him work in a farm while his feet were soaked with sweat. So he said, "Maula! May my life be sacrificed for your sake! Where are the men (to help you)?" Imam (A.S.) responded, "O Ali! One, who was better than me and my father, worked with spade in his farm". Ali ibn Hamza asked, "Who was he?" Imam (A.S.) replied, "The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.); Ameer al-Mumineen (A.S.); and all my fathers worked with their hands. It was the work of prophets, apostles and good saints." (Man Laa Yahdhuruhul-Faqeeh)