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Confessions of a Shopaholic

بســــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــم الله الرحمن الرحــيــم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته

Today’s society  promotes extravagance among all ages. Over spending is becoming a praiseworthy habit whether it’s a child buying more than necessary candy to teenagers and their electronic gadgets.It seems that people really have no limits on cash when they see something they really want. Jewelry,eduction and entertainment are just a few of the many examples that get overlooked by many individuals.

Reflecting back, we see the harsh reality of just how much we’ve wasted on ourselves. People spending (and willing to spend more) 4 digit$ on unnecessary stuff from decor to academics to electronics. This is then capitalized by boasting among peers. How many conversations have we had that involve either the speaker or the listener telling each other about things they’ve bought. Think about it, do you actually own anything that no one else knows about? How many times are we told by the people around us about what they’ve bought whether it’s a new handheld device or some other heavy spending (from restaurants to shoes)? Makes you wonder why people spend in the first place.

The world is for four kinds of people.

(1) One upon whom Allah has bestowed wealth and knowledge and so he fears his Rubb in respect to them, joins the ties of blood relationship and acknowledges the Rights of Allah on him (and fulfills them); this type will have the best position (in Jannah). 

(2) One upon whom Allah has conferred knowledge but no wealth, and he is sincere in his intention and says: `Had I possessed wealth, I would have acted like so-and-so.’ If that is his intention, his reward is the same as that of the other. 

(3) One whom Allah has given wealth but no knowledge and he squanders his wealth ignorantly, does not fear Allah in respect to it, does not discharge the obligations of kinship and does not acknowledge the Rights of Allah. Such a person will be in the worst position (in the Hereafter).

(4) One upon whom Allah has bestowed neither wealth nor knowledge and he says: `Had I possessed wealth, I would have acted like so-and-so (i.e., he would squander his wealth).’ If this is his intention, both will have equal sin.” [At-Tirmidhi]. 

The Qur’an has squarely condemned extravagance at no less than 23 places and has deplored a similar conduct known as “Tabdheer” or wastefulness at several other places.He said that Israf or extravagance is exceeding the permitted limits and whatever is spent or consumed in other than its rightful place and manner is “Tabdheer.” Allah strongly dislikes those who are extravagant and the Qur’an has said in several verses that the Hellfire will be the abode of those who are extravagant. In other ayaat, Allah said the extravagant people will face eternal doom.

“Eat, give alms and wear clothes, but without excess (Israf) or arrogance (Makheelah).”(Ahmed)

Allah described the lot of many nations that were destroyed for being extravagant and their destruction came as a result of their committing excesses. It is a sufficient condemnation that extravagance is deprecated and described as the attribute of the Satans and extravagant people are included among the followers of the Satans. Allah describes the squanderers as brothers of the Satans and the Satan is well known for his ungratefulness (Kufr) to Allah.
Islam disapproves of extravagance but at the same time it does not approve of miserliness – what Islam calls for is moderation and a balance in spending and consumption.
This means spending on the absolutely essential necessities to support life in what is known as “Kafaaf” – not being in need to ask for help from others, narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor and providing money to be spent in beneficial channels for the public and private good which benefits all. Sheikh Aal Talib said extravagance is going beyond the limits either by indulgence in excessive luxury or by exceeding the permitted (Halal) to the extent of stepping into the domain of the forbidden (Haraam).
Sheikh Aal Talib pointed out that the warning against extravagance does not mean abandoning the permitted good things of life. He cited the verse ordering Muslims to wear their beautiful clothes when going to the mosque and to eat and drink without excess because Allah dislikes extravagant people. Sheikh Aal Talib said that as Allah disapproves of extravagance, He also disapproves of miserliness and hoarding money (including gold and silver). Allah warned that those who amass gold and silver and do not spend them in Allah’s Way will receive painful punishment. The Khateeb said niggardliness is among the most despicable attributes that a Muslim could have. He stressed that what is required is moderation – neither extravagance nor miserliness.

Sheikh Aal Talib stressed that taking loans should be for meeting one’s needs and not for luxury that cannot be afforded by the person. He emphasized that the Ulama strongly disapprove of taking loans for things that are not needed.
Aal Talib criticized the huge number of shops and markets especially those dealing in women’s wear and also expressed shock at the money which is spent in what people do not actually need to the extent that “our societies have become big consumer societies and our homes have become showrooms for all that is produced by the world’s factories and are marketed by the companies.” He added that advertisements have played with people’s thinking to the extent that one wonders if women were created for nothing but for the marketplace.
Sheikh Aal Talib criticized the lavish spending and great extravagance that is seen in parties and on occasions like wedding parties. He stressed that a wise person must not allow himself to be carried away by the desires and whims of feeble-minded people in his family and those around him because he is responsible for them and for running the affairs of his family.
Sheikh Aal Talib said the Arabs during the pre-Islamic (Al-Jahiliyah) period used to spend lavishly and throw banquets in order to show off so that people would talk about that and praise them in their poems, but Allah forbade such extravagant practices. Aal Talib asked: “Has this attribute of the Jahiliyah – showing off and going beyond one’s means to win people’s praise – returned?”

So here’s some spending that we should do:

1. Give a little of you monthly allowance to the needy.

2.“If one has the means, he should buy two pieces of clothing, other than his work clothes or [everyday clothing], to wear on Friday.” [Abu Dawud]

3. Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: The Lord’s commandment for every one of His slaves is, ‘Spend on others, and I will spend on you’. (Bukhari, Muslim)

Ibn Masud said I heard the Prophet saying: There is no envy except in two: a person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (i.e. religious knowledge) and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to the others. (Bukhari).

May Allah help us all spend our wealth in a way that will please Him and forgive us all our shortcomings.


Money in the Bank-Baabus Sadaqah

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Muslims who frequently gave Sadaqah will be admitted into Jannah through this door. As we know Sadaqah is different from Zakat. Basically,Zakat is obligatory and Sadaqah is non-obligatory. Zakat is a pillar of Islam,so important that Abu Bakr waged war on the people who refused to pay it. Sadaqah is special in the sense that the CONSISTENT giver of sadaqah will have a special entry to Paradise.

“O you who believe! Spend of that with which We have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession. And it is the disbelievers who are the Zaalimoon (wrongdoers)” 2:254]

“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allaah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allaah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allaah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.

262. Those who spend their wealth in the Cause of Allaah, and do not follow up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, their reward is with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”2:261-262]

Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good (halal) earnings – for Allaah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allaah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.”
al-Bukhaari, 1344; Muslim, 1014.

“There is no day on which the people get up but two angels come down and one of them says, ‘O Allaah, give in compensation to the one who spends (in charity),’ and the other says, ‘O Allaah, destroy the one who withholds.’”
al-Bukhaari, 1374; Muslim, 1010.

Narrated Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5073; Muslim, 993.

So spend your wealth in Allah’s cause and don’t limit it to just annually or during Ramadan. Spend from your weekly/monthly allowance and keep in mind that the wealth given to charity by someone at his deathbed while he enjoyed his youth will be thrown back at his face.

Don’t forget to invite your friends:-)

Peace out

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