Stem the tide of consumerism in Ramadhaan!
The paradox of contemporary Muslim society is that we do exactly opposite of what we are told not to do. May Allah forgive us!
To mention two cases in relation to Ramadhaan.
1. Allah issues a command: “Kulu washrabu wa laa tusrifu”. “Eat and drink, but be not excessive”. (Surah al A’raaf 7: 31)
In stark contrast to this noble teaching, our ‘we’ll think-only-with-our-stomach’ attitude has reduced Ramadhaan to a mere dining table! It is a month of feasting, not fasting!
2. Allah issues another command: “…and do not spend wastefully. Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.” (Surah al Isra 17: 26, 27)
Spending in Ramadhaan has become a sort of ‘status symbol’! Be it at shopping malls or at iftaar time, extravagant and lavish spending has become the order of the day.
It is as if Ramadhaan comes not to turn to Allah, but turn to exquisite settings and culinary delights! Not to enrich one’s soul, but to fill one’s tummy, the worst vessel man can ever fill!
Rampant consumerism is eating into Ramadhaan’s message of self-discipline, soul-training, spiritual nourishment, simplicity, and sacrifice.
The fashion slogan ‘Ramadan Kareem’ is being used, misused and abused almost everywhere!!
Customers are wooed and a sort of ‘need’ is created in them! Advertisements are feeding the greed in man!
A cursory glance at some news headlines* will confuse us for a moment whether Ramadhaan is the name of a month or a Bazaar?!!
“5 Iftars to try today”. “What’s Ramadan without Haleem?” “Three of the best Ramadan offers with special prizes”! “Ramadan fever grips Chennai restaurants”. “Enjoy a delicious Iftar Buffet with a sumptuous spread of International flavors from around the world at __ for AED __ includes use of Sauna, Steam, and Gym & Swimming pool”. “Make a wish come true this Ramadan”. Ramadan sales spark chaos at supermarket in Riyadh.
And what message we are giving out to our non-Muslim friends? Won’t they compare Ramadhaan to Christmas? Is not Ramadhaan’s consumerism akin to Christmas sales atmosphere, as both bring gifts to children on Eid Al Fitr and Christmas Day?
We need to stem the rot. Consumerism is taking us away from the very purpose of fasting. It has almost hijacked us to nowhere!!
Ramadhaan’s most precious moments are simply wasted like anything.
Back to the two Commands as mentioned before:
“Eat and drink, but be not excessive”.
“Do not spend wastefully. Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils”.
Let us be reminded that Allah loves not those who commit excess!
How good it would be to die in the state of fasting, and die while in Sajdah….Inshaaallah.
رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ O Allah! Accept our supplications.
And what if we die in the maze of mindless shopping in Ramadhaan? May Allah save us from bad end. Aameen.
May Allah give us the much needed Tawfeeq and guide us onto the Right Path. Aameen.
* I removed hyperlinks of the news headlines given above to avoid distractions.
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