The Holy Quran in different verses says that the Prophet(PBUH) did not ask any wage for Islam. For example:

لِكَ الَّذِي يُبَشِّرُ اللَّـهُ عِبَادَهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ ۗ قُل لَّا أَسْأَلُكُمْ عَلَيْهِ أَجْرًا إِلَّا الْمَوَدَّةَ فِي الْقُرْبَىٰ ۗ وَمَن يَقْتَرِفْ حَسَنَةً نَّزِدْ لَهُ فِيهَا حُسْنًا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ غَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ

This is the glad tidings that Allah gives to His worshipers, who believe and do good works. Say: 'For this I ask of you no wage except the love of the (Prophet's) relatives. We will add good to whosoever gains a good deed. Allah is the Forgiving and the Thanker' (42:23)

Also Imam Ali a.s. did not receive any governmental wage for himself and always had his own business (farming) even when he was the Caliph.

Also Salman Farsi (a.s.) one of the great Sahabas of the Prophet (SAWW) did not take any governmental wage for himself when he was the governor of Madaaen. He had income from making dishes (utensil ) from leafs of dates trees and selling them. He had a poor life and used his small room in Madaaen as a shop, governmental office and home.

So in Islam, can a scholar receive salary for Islam or should he have his own business to make a living and keep his independence from any government or King?

What do Quran and Hadith say about this?


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Yes, a scholar can take money for giving advice, the only person who cannot take money for his work is a Moazzin (the one who gives adhan). Other scholars can take salary.

Sayyidna Abū Bakr as-Siddiq (Radhi Allaahu ‘Anhu) said

I Will Take As Much Money As My Salary, As The Poorest Labour Of Medina Munawara Takes As His Minimum Daily Wage.

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