They are the means to lead life in this world and are not the end by themselves

They are the means to lead life in this world and are

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They are the means to lead life in this world and are not the end by themselves. The real success of a person lies in falah of the akhirah and not in building up an inventory of articles . I.e. the prophet emphasized simple life , maximization of satisfaction with minimum resources The attitude of shukr, implying the resource may not be wasted, or scrapped prematurely. Instead they should be utilized until their utility is outlived.
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Continu… The prophet himself set an example, as he would not keep an inventory of clothes and he would not discard a garment, even when patched, until it could not be used. 3- the shari’ah introduced a moral dimension into the consumer behaviour. By laying down limit of halal and haram. A number of articles cannot be used on ethical ground. Wine, pork, gambling, gold and silver and silken garment for man.
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Consumer sovereignty which highly talked about in capitalist economic has no place in Islamic economics. For, it is in conflict with the Islamic concept of Tawhid which suggest the resources of the earth to be the creation of God. Therefore, only He has the right to lay down the mode of their utilization .
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Continu… The Qur’an mention about the people of Madyan who said” O Shu’aib! Does your habit of praying compel you to demand of us that we give up all that our forefathers were used to worship, or that we refrain from doing whatever we please with our possession .” Therefore, a rational consumer in Islamic economy would spend his income on halal articles and will not allocate the resource for haram articles. 4- the Qur’an condemn both extravagance( israf ) and niggardliness ( bukhl ) and has enjoined us the attitude of moderation in consumption .
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Continu… Extravagance lead to the waste of resources and niggardliness lock away the resource from production process hence lead to deprivation. 6 -The Qur’an has condemned emulation in consumer behaviour : Hence do not crave the bounties which God has bestowed more abundantly on some of you than on others ” (4:32) ( S0) turn not your eyes(longingly) towards the worldly benefits which we have granted onto some of those (that deny the truth) (15:88) The Qur’an concedes that there are natural inequalities in the distribution of the income and they should not be the source of envy
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Continu… and emulation. Instead resources are a trial for everyone thus, those who has lesser endowment faces a softer accountability. 7-one of the values of the Islamic society is caring for one neighbour . One is required to have cordial relationship with his/her neighbour. One of the manifestation of good relationship with neighbour has been, over centuries , the custom of exchange of articles of everyday use among neighbours.
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