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‘Ibad-ur Rahman – Neither a Spendthrift nor a Miser | Part 5

Bismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”


Wallatheena ithaanfaqoo lam yusrifoo walam yaqturoo wakana bayna thalikaqawama
And [they are] those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate
{Surah Al-Furqan 25: Verse 67}

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This ayah tells us the 5th characteristic of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman, they are not excessive, wasteful, or flamboyant in their spending.

They do not spend more than what they need. At the same time, they are also not stingy. They are not negligent of their obligations toward their family nor are they miserly. They follow the best and fairest way. And the best of matters are those which are moderate that is neither one extreme nor the other. Allah says,

“And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.”
{Surah Al-Isra’ 17: Verse 29}

If we want to be ‘Ibad-ur Rahman, then we need to learn to not spend our wealth extravagantly. Realize that one of the reasons for our economic problems is due to irresponsible spending. People get approved for loans that they cannot afford which leads them to overly spend and build their lives around debts and more debts. Islam teaches us to live within our means. Learn how to do a monthly budget and spend accordingly. Do not be addicted to credit cards!

For those who are doing really well financially, alhamdulillah. But just because we can afford to buy overpriced and really expensive items, doesn’t mean we should spend our money carelessly on these things. When one finds oneself saying, “What’s the most expensive car you sell? I’ll take it.” or “I don’t buy that sort of bags! I don’t buy non-branded stuff.”, it is timely that we remind ourselves that we are not put on this Earth to show off or to compete pompously with one another. We don’t have to get the newest decked-out car or pay 5 times the price of the same kind of handbag just because of the brand. Muslims, do not be duped by these things!

Strive to use the wealth that Allah  blesses us with for good causes which earn His pleasure. There are many good deeds that we can do like helping our family or community who are not doing financially well, helping people get out of their debt and doing charity in aid of our oppressed brothers and sisters. We have to be responsible with the wealth that Allah  gives us. We should not overspend, nor should we be cheap and stingy with regards to our obligations.

Teach our children the value of money. If our children ask us to give them some cash for leisure purposes, do not simply give them money. Teach them to appreciate its value by making them work to earn the money like doing house chores for example. Let them do the dishes for a whole week, or vacuum the house so that when you finally hand them the money, they will value what they earn. This was how my mother taught me to be responsible at a young age, alhamdulillah. I am sure there are many other great ideas out there as well.

In conclusion, ‘Ibad-ur Rahman do spend, but they are always responsible when they spend. They always make wise spending decisions and spend their wealth moderately. I pray Allah  grant us this beautiful trait of the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman, Allahumma ameen!

‘Ibad-ur Rahman Characteristics Recap

5th characteristic
They are not excessive, wasteful, or flamboyant in their spending. They do not spend more than what they need. At the same time, they are also not stingy. They are not negligent of their obligations toward their family nor are they miserly. They follow the best and fairest way.

References:
1. Tafsir Ibn Kathir
2. Who Gets Allah’s Mercy by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan
3. www.Quran.com

Authored by Aida Misr
Edited by Rima Mazlan

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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