We are urged to be in the middle of the road, not to go to either extreme. To go to one extreme is just as bad as going to the other extreme. This golden rule applies to many facets of life, from spending our money, to utilizing our time, to dealing with the many situations in our lives.
Islam urges us to be MODERATE:
See what the Holy Quran says:
اِنَ المُبَذِرینَ کانوا اَخوانَ الشَیاطینَ
وَ کانَ الشَیطانُ لِرَبهِ کَفوراً
“TRULY, THE EXTRAVAGANTS ARE BROTHERS OF THE EVIL ONES; AND THE EVIL ONE IS TO HIS LORD UNGRATEFUL.”
وَالذینَ اذا اَنفَقوا
لَم یُسرِفوا وَ لَم یَقتُروا وَکانَ بینَ ذلکَ قواماً
“THOSE WHO, WHEN THEY SPEND, ARE NOT EXTRAVAGANT NOR ARE THEY NIGGARDLY, BUT THEY HOLD A JUST (BALANCE) BETWEEN THOSE (EXTREMES).”
وَلا تَجعًَل یَدَکَ مَغلولَةً الی عُنُقِکَ وَلا تَبسطها کُلَ لَبَسطِ
فَتَقعُدَ مَلوماً مَحسُوراً
“AND DO NOT MAKE YOUR HAND TIED TO YOUR NECK (LIKE A NIGGARD), NOR STRETCH IT FORTH TO ITS UTMOST REACH, SO THAT YOU BECOME BLAMEWORTHY AND DESTITUTE.”
(AL QURAN XVII29)
God’s Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) says:
“SPENDTHRIFT AND BAD CONDUCT DON’T GATHER IN THE HEART OF A FAITHFUL.”
“THE WORST THING IN A MAN IS SEVERE SPENDTHRIFT AND MARKED COWARDICE.”
Then we are discouraged from being too tight with our spending or the other way around, and we are encouraged to take the middle of the road. This way, we will not be harsh upon ourselves nor will we deny it many good opportunities, and we will feel more at ease; we will also deny ourselves the tendencies for gathering too much material good which can be trouble bounce foe a good healthy balance in life.
A Good Muslim Will Remember:
1. It is good to be modest in his spending and in his approach to various aspects or life.
2. He better avoid being extravagant, except in the cause of God and his religion.
3. To be miserly is to be avoided, since it makes life miserable for himself and others.
4. Money in our hands, as everything else in this world, belongs to Almighty God. So spending the do, and God will reward us for that.