THE PROFESSIONS OF SOME PROPHETS:
ADAM (pbuh) : He was the first agriculture engineer and farmer.
SETH (pbuh): Carder, Silk-monger, Weaver = He was the first to establish the textile industry.
IDRIS (pbuh): Since he was the first to invent the needle, the first to open a hole on it and to thread, he is considered to be the establisher of the tailoring and confectioning.
NOAH (pbuh) : He was the father of the carpenters, shipmen and mariners.
HUD (pbuh): He was a trader. He is deemed as the father of all the traders.
SALEH (pbuh): He used to raise herds of camels. He used to both drink their milk and to sell it to make his living. The camel of Saleh is famous.
IBRAHIM (pbuh): He guided Sulayman (pbuh) and Sinan, the Architect, owing to his construction of the Kaaba.
LOT (pbuh): He was a historian. He is the father of all the travellers.
ISHMA’IL (pbuh): He used to make his living out of hunting on the land and in the sea. He is regarded as the father of the hunters. He could speak 70 languages. He is also the father of the translators.
IS’HAQ (pbuh): He was a shepherd.
YAQUB (pbuh): He was also a shepherd.
YUSUF (pbuh): He is a prophet who first invented the clock and first to establish an office for agricultural products, and who stocked in abundance and distributed to public in scarcity.
AYYUB (pbuh): He was an agriculturalist.
SHU’AYB (pbuh): He was also an agriculturalist.
MOSES (pbuh): He used to be a shepherd and to serve for Shu’ayb (pbuh). Serving for a revered person is also one of the professions of the prophets.
HARUN (pbuh): He used to be a vizier.
DAWUD (pbuh): He used to be a commandant who forged the iron and made armors and who established a regular army and defeated Jalut’s (Goliath’s) army.
SULAYMAN (pbuh): He used to be a king, a ruler. He used to make baskets from rushes. He is the first to forge copper mine.
DHUL-KIFL (pbuh): He used to bake bread. He is the father of the bakers.
ILYAS (pbuh): He is the father of the weavers and thread-choosers.
YUNUS (pbuh): He used to fish to make a living. He is the father of the fishermen.
UZAYR (pbuh): He used to be a gardener. He is the first to teach people how to graft fruit tress and to raise saplings, and how to prune trees. He is the father of those who are occupied with gardening.
LUQMAN (pbuh): He is the father of doctors and pharmacists.
ZACHARIA (pbuh): He used to be a carpenter. (Musnad, 2:405)
ISA (pbuh): He was a hunter. He used to make his living on hunting. He is the father of the hunters.
MUHAMMAD (pbuh): He used to be a shepherd when he was young and then he used to deal with trade and jihad.