Tuesday 26 July 2022

Do not be wasteful - For Squanderers are brothers of Satan

Have you ever watched videos and camera clicks of famine ridden areas? Have you ever read the hollowness, desperation and hunger visible in the eyes of children and adults alike. Have you ever seen children dying due to hunger and vultures sitting by waiting for their death. Ever pondered why is this happening? 
A wasteful (person, action, or process) is the act of using or expending something of value carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.

For such people Allah cautions in Qur'an (Surah 17 verse 27):

اِنَّ الۡمُبَذِّرِيۡنَ كَانُوۡۤا اِخۡوَانَ الشَّيٰطِيۡنِ​ ؕ وَكَانَ الشَّيۡطٰنُ لِرَبِّهٖ كَفُوۡرًا‏ 

(17:27) for those who squander wastefully are Satan's brothers, and Satan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.

Squandering is because of our habit of wastefulness and having a hard heart that does not care for the others. We leave a large amount of leftovers in our plates after meals that goes wasted in the litter. At that time we never realize that God has blessed us with so many blessings, abundant food and water, yet we mercilessly water these, eat less and waste more. Even men making ablutions, we keep the taps open at full throttle, a water much more than our requirement goes down the drain.

Imagine now a scenario wherein a large quantity of cooked or even uncooked food, fruits and water is wasted away the world over. If we curtail our appetite and tailor our mindset to eat only what we really need to eat rather than stuffing ourselves more than our hunger or leaving plates half full with our left overs, how much food can be saved for people who go hungry every night. If we make a habit of saving food and giving it out to the poor and hungry, we would be acting upon the teachings of Islam which conditions us to care for the poor. 

Sometime back I read a news that South African Airlines collects unpacked food from each of their flights and distribute these to the famine stricken people. I wonder why this cannot be done worldwide and delivered to the destinations where poverty makes people go hungry. 

Please watch an enlightening video below by one of the most eminent scholars of present times,  Wahiduddin Khan:
Wahiduddin Khan (1 January 1925 – 21 April 2021) was an Islamic scholar and peace activist known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English and talking on issues related to Islam.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to help others, specially those who are poverty stricken, hungry or helpless with every morsel of food and every drop of water extra to our needs. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is our duty to convey only to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible to make you accept it forcibly, And if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, You will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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