What should a man do if he wants to learn deeni knowledge but is the bread winner?

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Assalamu’alaikum Mufti Sahb,
After managing to pay off his debt, Zaid now is wondering which of the following would be the best course of action that would be pleasing to Allah and His Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He has been having the intention of learning deeni knowledge for himself (ie. not to become a scholar but if Allah bestows him this favour, then, alhamdulillah) but being the bread-winner of the family, has to consider other things as well. These are the options he had thought about:
1) For the next 5-7 years, work full time to save up money in order to purchase 2-3 properties that would later serve as a source of income for the family. Thereafter, he would be able to concentrate on seeking deeni knowledge full time.
2) Work part time and learn deeni knowledge part time.
3) Undergo a full time deeni learning course, only to work when it is absolutely necessary (ie. when not enough income for family, then would look for a short contract work and once contract is finished, stop working – this process goes on whenever low on income for family).
Please advise. Jazakallahu khaira. Wassalam.
Umm ‘Ali

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Asked on August 4, 2010 12:00 am
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It is not necessary for every Muslim to become an Alim. Yes to become Daee is a responsibility for all use.

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