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Are You Addicted to Material Things

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Saad Tasleem

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Hashtag Season 2 Finale!
On this episode: If we know that simply buying more and more stuff will not bring us lasting happiness and satisfaction, why do we keep doing it?

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If we know and understand that buying more stuff is not going to keep us happy forever, then why do we keep doing it? You're watching hashtag with.

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One of the best ways I can describe this for you is to think about a drug addict, the person who is addicted to a drug, they understand and they Well, they may understand that the next fix that they get is not going to keep them satisfied forever. But they're chasing that initial euphoria that they felt the first time they had those drugs. And likewise for us, what we do is we understand, yeah, buying this next purchase this next thing I'm about to buy, it's not gonna keep me happy forever, but at least for the short period of time, and then we move from one purchase to a next purchase to a next purchase. And before we know it, we've spent our whole lives chasing that happiness that

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we're never going to find. What is the solution? Well, as Muslims, we aim to separate the dunya, the worldly life, worldly possessions from our hearts, we don't let our hearts get consumed by the dunya. That is a concept known as zakat. Zohar means as one of the famous scholars in Islam, he said, so it means that you keep the worldly life, the worldly possessions in your hands, and not in your heart, meaning there's nothing wrong with having stuff and buying things and all that that's fine. It's normal. As human beings, we like to buy things. And that's fine. As long as we don't let our hearts get consumed by those purchases, and that worldly life, one of the best ways to fight

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that consumption of our heart is to think about the realities of our life. What are some of the realities of our life? Number one, we, if you thought about it, we would realize that our life is temporary, that the pleasures of this life, they're not going to last for very long, the only life that lasts forever is a life of the hereafter. So Shouldn't that be our main objective? Second of all, another reality of this life is that this life is not perfect. Sometimes we convince ourselves that the next purchase we're going to make, that's perfect, the next phone I buy, that's going to be the last phone I buy, it's the most perfect phone, but very soon realize that it's not perfect. The

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last reality of this life is that everything belongs to a law, if you truly understood that, and if you reminded yourself that if we sat there and we remind ourselves that whatever I own, whatever I have in my life actually belongs to a law. And that means that a law can take it away from us at any moment, then we wouldn't let ourselves get attached to those possessions. Meaning if we have something or we don't have it, Allah has given it to us or less taking it away. It doesn't make us depressed, it doesn't emotionally affect us. And that is the life that we are going for. We asked last time to Allah to grant all of us that life of Zod amin until next time, inshallah Tada. I said

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