• Aqila Sharif-Hanifa

Obligatory and Voluntary Spending 2:261

The example in the comparison of the spending of an individual or group of people who with effort spend freely with the guidance of Allah, seeking His pleasure from their possessions of real estate, cash, animal or other intellectual properties of work or inheritance is a likeness and example of the seed that multiples seven hundred times.

The condition of the deeds are a trial and are returned and is released by Allah contingent upon the obligatory and voluntary good deeds of spending by ten times in growth, just as the oneness of a single grain, sprouting to exist within it as He multiplies the evidence of deeds for rewards.

Material concerns and responsible obligations of spending of our wealth are not just the only part of our obedience to Allah to attain righteousness. Our base is in the oneness and support of any good deed, whether economic or political. He will support all that is good and will recognize it as an act of worship if it is good for the individual and society.

Spending in the way of Allah means to spend on ourselves and others but not with foolish transactions or hypocritical intentions and extremism until we are depleted of money. Statistics show the African American earns less and as a consumer spends more than others in our society. The aggregated data by analysts, government, business, labor, and academia, can generalize about our consumptive behavior in the U. S. population.

Obligatory and Voluntary spending in the way of Allah:

Charity: A righteous voluntary act that purifies our souls and wealth

Investment: Increase in financial power, focus on family life, ourselves, community, and education

Consumption: Spend or buy wisely your needs. Consumer theorist tracks our behavior in spending on goods and services. This includes credit card usage.

Taxes: An obligation to fund welfare, the education system, pensions for elderly, unemployment, public transportation, accumulated government debt.

Savings: Contributes to the nation’s overall economic growth, your future financial security and allows banks to lend to businesses for expansion.

Allah grows the good deeds for the doer just as He grows the plant for whoever sows it in the fertile land.

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