I love my job. I think everyone should. Even if it is the worst job on earth, it still is the source of our rizq. It is how we get our income to put food on our table everyday, to have clothes to cover our modesty and to have roofs to shelter our heads under the cold starry nights.
If you hate your job, you should make yourself love what you do because life is not meant to be miserable. Especially when you won’t let it be. Start off by first identifying what breeds your abhorrence towards your job. Scrutinize it from different aspects such as difficult tasks, mundane routines, certain people at the workplace or even your workspace.
Then find ways of alleviating the discomforts that exist in those aspects. If there is a task that is a little difficult for you to expedite, then ask around for some tips or even just browse around through the internet. If the task is repetitive in nature and it gets you all fed up with it, then stop for a while for dhikr or maybe try reading something enlightening. It is normal for us to have mood flunctuations at times, so don’t be stressed out with it.
Keep on motivating yourself. The mind is yours to control. Remember, it is you who must be in control of your surroundings and you should never let the surroundings dictate you nor your feelings towards your job.
I’ve once met a scholar who had just finished translating Rumi’s six books of “Mathnavi“. Prof. Jamal al-Eidros told me that everyday he would spend not less than 18 hours of writing. On the last day of his endeavour, his hands were already trembling due to his perpetual dilligence.
When I asked him how does he cope when the dark days start to loom and try to overtake his writing mood, he responded that he was really grateful to Allah because his great interest in Rumi gave him strength and also a kind of fixation on the Mathnavi word for word. It was as if his soul was enchanted by it. “This, bi iznillah, was totally from Allah”, said Prof. Ajmal humbly.
Based on his experience, I could conclude that if a person did something for the sake of Allah and the ummah, he would never give up on his responsibility. The most significant keywords are ikhlaas and ehsaan.
Most importantly, to work is to seek halal means of rizq. Before you set your foot outside the house heading to your workplace, pray to Allah that may He Easen your errands. Because you are His servant seeking for a decent living in His path. Insya’allah, things will go your way sooner or later. Allah is not zhaalim. He is The Most Merciful, The Most Compassionate. Always hold on to this thought no matter what happens.
On the authority of Abu Hurairah ra, who said that Rasulullah saw said: Allah swt said: “I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself. And if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a hand’s span, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.” (Hadist Qudsi: Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)