In the light of the Holy Hadith
ENJOY, WASTE NOT
Prophet s.a.w said: “Eat, drink, clothe and give alms without arrogance and extravagance.”
(Bukhari, Dress, 1; Nasa’i, Zakat, 66).
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
One day, our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) dropped by his dear relative, S’ad ibn Abi Waqqas. S’ad was performing ablution at that moment. He must have used much water, so our Prophet said, “What is this extravagance?” Then S’ad asked, “Can there be any extravagance in ablution?” and our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “Yes, even if you are on the bank of a flowing river.”
One of the greatest calamities pervading the earth today is extravagance. It is a vital mistake to waste away and spend unnecessarily while millions of people are in the grip of hunger, poverty, and misery. While the oppressed people struggle even in the want of basic necessities like bread and water, it is inequitable to waste even small portions of food.
Today, a culture of more earning and excessive consumption is getting more popular. A lifestyle with blazonry and pomposity, spending on luxury and vanity is brought forward. Thus, humanity is consuming its spiritual values and purpose of living by dedicating their lives to consuming rather than producing. When defining believers, Our Lord Almighty enjoins, “And [they are] those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate.” Our Prophet (s.a.w) also expressed that we should acquire consumption ethics as such, “Eat, drink, clothe and give alms without arrogance and extravagance.”
Let us know the value of all the blessings our Almighty Lord bestowed upon us. Let us not waste any blessing. Let us not waste our time. Let us avoid what is more than needed in the way we eat, drink, dress and spend. Let us protect our natural resources and our natural assets. Let us remember that we will be kept liable for each blessing granted to us. Let us not forget that blessings are limited while our wishes and desires are unlimited.
Jobayer Al Mahmud