Friday, February 12, 2010

Prudence

No one spends prudently except that he is saved from having to depend on others.

A poet said:
“Save your money, for with wealth comes respect, And you can do without asking uncle or cousin.”

The philosophy that promotes extravagance in spending is false and is detrimental to one’s well being. The roots of such ideas are found in India, or originate from the ignorant among the Sufis. Must earning money honestly and spending it in a proper way. Applying these two principles is what makes one honorable through his wealth. In contrast to him is one who is inundated in debt or one who is indigent. The former is always troubled and worried that all of his possessions will be taken away from him, and the latter is continuously struggling just to find the means of staying alive.

Yet suppose it to be other than weak, and the meaning is that you should be content with having the bare necessities, and you should be satisfied with that amount of provision which saves you from having to beg or ask for people’s help. At the same time, you should be noble and self-dependent and have sufficient means to prevent you from asking others for help.

“Whoever wishes to be free from dependence on others, Allah (GOD) will make him so.”

A poet said:
“I never had my hands outstretched except to the Creator, And I never sought a dollar from one who reminds others of his favors.”


one should not be fulsome in praising people in order to receive financial assistance from them, since Allah (GOD) has guaranteed our sustenance.

A poet said:
“I have no intention of kissing someone’s hand. For me, cutting it off is better than that kiss, When one gives me a favor he enslaves me, Or if not, at least I feel ashamed.”

4 comments:

  1. There is so much prudence in the Quran. I am a Christian by birth but find much good in other religions. And much to learn from...
    A few days ago, I had a discussion with Germans, I know. Here, I ought to mention that I am German with a French grandmother. I lived abroad for almost 40 years, all in all. Other cultures shape you when you get to know them. However, I cannot shake off the wisdom of my upbringing in the context of spending wisely.

    What I was going to say is that Germany as a whole is a country which does not throw money around for acquiring goods foolishly.. A philosophy of saving has been engraved in its peoples for centuries. Yet, its economy is a thriving one, as its exports are strong and respected.
    Of course, there are exceptions in this nation of careful spenders. They buy new commodities, if their life will be improved by them. But, what is typical is that many save up for them first. At least, thats how it has been, for a long time. I cannot see younger generations changing that drastically.
    Only government is not always spending prudently, in my mind. But politics lack prudence often and are a different story, everywhere in the world.

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  3. A poet said:
    “I never had my hands outstretched except to the Creator, And I never sought a dollar from one who reminds others of his favors.”

    So that being said, bullshit is bullshit. Here is the the hand being outstretched with propeties at .10 cents on the dollar, all hail Allah !!!!!!!!!

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