Muslims need to do Farming

We as Muslims think that farming is not for us. We are constantly encouraged by our family, friends and parents to go study medicine, law, accounting among others, but we are never encouraged to study agriculture. Generally, Muslims think it’s a dirty job and feel farming is not for us. We clearly have the wrong concept. We must change our way of thinking and start to encourage the youth to do farming. Many Muslims feel that farming is not a profession and much money cannot be made/earned in this career, however this is not always the case. Farming is a prestigious profession. There is a lot of money to be made in farming but only if you know what you are doing on your land.
There are many agricultural colleges in South Africa. I am a student who is currently studying agriculture at the Cedara college of Agriculture in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. I would strongly encourage students to come to this college because it’s definitely a place to learn agriculture.
Our college is on a farm so we get practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge which is important to understand the science behind farming. Many Muslims may be studying agriculture at universities, however at these institutes they don’t get the everyday practical knowledge needed to manage a farm. Practical knowledge is very important as it is a key component to any profession. I would encourage all Muslim youth to consider coming to Cedara to pursue a career in farming. It’s hard work but very rewarding. We must also remember that farming is an act of sadaqah (charity) so we will be rewarded for our efforts in this prestigious profession. Remember that farming is a passion so choose your career wisely. Many Muslims who are currently farming haven’t studied agriculture and find it very challenging to farm as they lack knowledge in this field. They rely mainly on years of experience and learn mainly by trial and error. Mistakes can be very costly. I hope to see more Muslims at Cedara next year as there are only two Muslims out of 250 students.
“You may need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, an accountant once in your life, but you need a farmer every day, three times a day. So the next time you sit down to enjoy a meal, remember to thank a farmer.”


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