Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Patience in Islam

Sabar or patience in Islam has significant role. It makes a muslim better muslim if he deal things with patience. Patience in dail life has several meanings such as if a person is ill then he should not scream or shout. Similay at the times of death of loved ones and some serious setbacks we need to deal situations with patience. Moreveor, dealing with younger ones we need to be patient because they are younger than us and we can say anyting to them doe snot mean we should sya it; deal it with patience.
I saw sometimes in the offices that people deal with their personal staff with so arrogance and their behavior is so snobbish that they forget that they are muslims and what Allah (SWT) has asked them to do. But their Egos at that time is more important than anything else.
I am writing all this becasue I was fasting today and I thought I'll not get annoyed at anyonne but still I screamed couple of times of some people and after screaming I thought if i would not had screamed the matter woulld have solved either way. Does that screaming or losing patience benefits me in anyway... my answer is NO. But it pleased my Ego at that time.

"A Muslim does not suffer any mental or physical anguish, or any distress, grief, pain or sorrow - even from the prick of a thorn - except that Allaah expiates his mistakes and sins." Bukhaari and Muslim

This Sabr is an extremely important virtue for a believer. The Prophet sal-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam, talking to some poor Muslims from Ansaar whom he had given whatever he had, said:

"Whoever practices Sabr, Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta'alaa gives him Sabr. And no one can be given anything better or more far-reaching (comprehensive) than Sabr." Aboo S'eed Khudri in Bukhaari and Muslim.

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Islam and Consumerism

First of all I must confess that I do not have command on the subject but I wanted to get comments/feedback on this. Consumerism in Islam; Is it allowed or not allowed but 1.6 billion Muslims around the world are buying and selling different things as written in this article

I was surprised to see a statement in this article "Religions rarely praise consumerism". First question arose on my mind was "What is Consumerism" Is it a law of protecting consumer rights or Is it creating a market and culture of consuming more and more whether you have money in your hand.

Therefore, I started searching some websites/webpages, Thanks to Google for making our life easier, that whether it is true in case of Islam or not. However in the end I saw a Wikipedia page on Consumerism which defines Consumerism as "The term "consumerism" was first used in 1915 to refer to "advocacy of the rights and interests of consumers" (Oxford English Dictionary) but in this article the term "consumerism" refers to the sense first used in 1960, "emphasis on or preoccupation with the acquisition of consumer goods" (Oxford English Dictionary)". Moreover it says "Consumerism has long had intentional underpinnings, rather than just developing out of capitalism". Thus it is nothing to do about capitalism.

Islam says do not spend on those things which you do not need, live simpler life, do not waste food, conserve water... In short be modest in your spending. But on the other hand it also says that give charity to others so that they can also buy good for their use. It also says that wear good clothes so that one knows that you are well off and if someone wants help (monetarily) he/she can ask you. 

Consumerism always invited innovation because more society is innovative people tend to buy newer thing, e.g., iPod, iPad etc. Islam is pro innovation and not against new technologies and if someone is working on the betterment and people are adopting those goods, then it is a increase in consumerism. 

Above short explanation shows that Islam asks people to being modest but it is not against consumerism. If we read between the lines what Islam teaches us then I do not agree with the statement that Religions rarely praise consumerism. However, I cannot say anything about Christianity or other religions.