Islamic Economics

A Bit Note about Islamic Consumption

A Muslim Consumption is not only to obtain physical satisfaction, but also to obtain the pleasure of Allah SWT. Consumption of a Muslim must also have other orientations, namely empathy and sympathy for other individuals who are weaker and more needy. Because helping others is just as self-help. By helping others, it will get good deeds which will be very useful to someone in the next life in the Hereafter, as explained by Allah SWT as below:

“Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of This but the things that endure, good deeds, are best In the sight of Thy As rewards, and best As (the foundation for) hopes” (Qur’an Surah 18:46)

Expenditures for interest in the way of Allah SWT depending on the capabilities of each individual and not have to wait for the maximum individual satisfaction is achieved. In addition, a Muslim should also avoid excessive consumption and not useful or which is prohibited by Allah SWT. Furthermore, the Muslim consumption also must be free from sources that contain usury. If there is usury in the wealth of a Muslim, then he should clean up the property of usury. How, by issuing a treasure that contain usury is in the public interest or return again to the right over such property. In lieu of usury, then Allah allows Muslims to make a profit by way of commerce.

Consumption behavior of a Muslim should also not excessive in quantity. Allah forbids acts redundant and waste of consumer goods. Thus, a Muslim will allocate its income only in part to the activities of consumption, while the rest is for the purpose of the worship of Allah and for the sake of the future or an investment. Redundant actions are described by Allah as an act of disbelieve in Allah and is a friend of the devil, as stated by Allah in the following verse:

Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the evil ones; and the evil one is to His Lord (himself) ungrateful. (Qur’an Surah 17 : 27)

Clearly, the consumption concept in Islam, a Muslim should consider the allocation of property that will be consumed to three things, namely personal needs, the needs of worship to Allah SWT, and for preventive action or investment for the future. Beyond his personal needs, man also must consider the needs of others by way of spending the money in the form of zakah, alms and other. CMIIW.


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