Important Reminder to Live Within Your Means – Mufti Menk


-The race behind materialism is a never ending game of trying to play catch-up. You’ll never be satisfied with what you have if you always look for the latest items and gadgets.

-Not having the means to own something but still striving to get it only enters you into a dangerous cycle of incurring debt. Remember that the needs should come before the wants.

-We are taught as Muslims to be happy with what Allah has blessed us with and be content with it. Thank Allah for what He has given you and for where he has placed you financially and economically etc

-Tailor your life according to your budget. What you have been given is your budget and Allah has made it enough for you to live comfortably.

-Buying what you cannot afford will only be a constant burden on your shoulders and a distress of the mind.

-Be mindful of your salary and spend accordingly, not purchasing a car, house, furniture etc., that is out of your range. Keep in mind that one day, the job may not be there and the credit cards will continue incurring interest.

-Certainly, we should aim for the skies, but don’t pretend as if you are in the heavens when you’re not yet above the ground.

-When you constantly strive for materialistic gain, this disease can spread to other parts of your life as well – for example a married person no longer being content with what they have in their spouse.

-How many poor do we have who sleep very well? And how many rich are there that cannot rest without a sleeping pill?

-More money does not solve your problems. As a gift from Allah, He sometimes keeps us behind the crowd to prevent us from sins. With more money and time, engaging in sinful acts becomes more accessible.

-“Wealth does not spoil you. It gives you the opportunity to show others who you always were inside.”

-Distinguish between the wants and needs and budget carefully. If you want something, ask yourself if you can afford it and if it is necessary. How will purchasing this item affect your marriage life, or relationship with your kids?

Omar Usman

Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @ibnabeeomar. Check out his latest project at Fiqh of Social Media.

One Comment

  1. Ashique ilahi
    December 24, 2016

    It is excellent.mashallah


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