Abu al-Qasim Ibn Al-Khatli said: I asked Ahmed ibn Hanbal, and said: What do you say of a man who sat in his home or in his Masjid and said: I will not work at all until my Rizq (provision) comes to me?

[Imam] Ahmad said:

That is a man who is ignorant of the Knowledge, have you not heard of the saying of the Messenger of Allah [Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him]: (My provision has been made under the shade of my spear), and the other tradition that mentions the birds that set off in the early morning with empty stomachs [and return back at the end of the day with full stomachs]? So he [Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] mentioned that it sets off seeking provision. And Allah –Exalted- has said: {and others travelling through the land, seeking of Allah’s Bounty} (al-Muzamil 73:20). [1]


[1] Talbees Iblees (1/347)

قال أبو القاسم بن الختلي: سألت أحمد بن حنبل وقلت: ما تقول في رجل جلس في بيته أو في مسجده وقال: لا أعمل شيئا حتى يأتيني رزقي؟ فقال أحمد: هذا رجل جهل العلم, أما سمعت قول رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: جعل الله رزقي تحت ظل رمحي, وحديث الآخر في ذكر الطير تغدو خماصا, فذكر أنها تغدو في طلب الرزق, وقال تعالى " وآخرون يضربون في الأرض يبتغون من فضل الله” (المزمل:20)ـ