Minute with a Muslim #278 – How To Worship Allah With Your Money

Tom Facchine

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AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the importance of converting daily activities into worship, especially for those who are heedless and don't want to spend too much money on gas or alcohol. They also talk about the ethical dimensions of spending money on luxury goods, including animal feed and clothing, and how it can lead to a better life. The speaker emphasizes the need to prioritize one's intentions over others and avoid wasting one's money.
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People need to get used to the idea of converting their everyday habits into worship. This is something I've been on Pygame talks about a lot for the person who's kind of heedless. Their worship becomes habit, right? Mechanical motions, test be specialized. But for the wise person, their habits become worship. So let's say for example, you go buy gas, how many times a week? Do you buy gas? Probably at least once a week, maybe maybe at least once every two weeks? Maybe more? Where do you go? What are the factors that shape your decision for where to go buy gas? Are you just going to the place that has the cheapest gas? Is there one particular gas station that's owned by a Muslim? And

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one that's not? Would you choose the one that's owned by a Muslim over the one that's not even if it was more expensive? If there's one that's owned by a Muslim and he doesn't sell lottery tickets or alcohol? would you prioritize that one over the other two, even if it was more expensive, right? Very, very easily. How we spend our money has ethical dimensions. We are too caught up in usually in North America and North American Muslim scene into just getting the best deal. We want to especially if it comes from another Muslim, or we want the feasts of Villa discount. We want the brother our brothers in the faith. You know, I should get it for cheaper. Instead of thinking I had the

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opportunity to worship Allah with my money and help this person earn a livelihood keep this person in business. Were too selfish for that right now. We think what can I get? What am I getting out of it? What's my bottom line? There's an amazing story of hip hop the laminate best. No Rahim, Allah de la, where he sends his slave to the market to buy a horse for him. And the slave he goes and he negotiates a price and he negotiates a really, really good price. He haggles, he talks him down, and he comes back to us. And he says, Look, I got this great horse, I haggle the price way down for you. Okay, the love and invest says, Okay, you did a great job, thank you very much. He comes to the

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market to collect the horse and to deliver the payment. He sees the horse and he tells the seller of the horse, he says, What did you agree to pay for this? And he tells him the price that he had agreed to? And he said, that's too low. So I'm gonna give you more, I'm gonna give you this much. And the buyers like, Okay, well, that's crazy. But sure, right. Okay, I'll agree who's gonna turn down extra money after Lebanon best kept on saying, that's not enough. I'm gonna give you more. That's not enough. I'm gonna give you more. And he kept on bumping up the price bumping up the price, bumping up the price, until it was more than the seller originally asked for. The seller was

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embarrassed at a certain point. But tell him that best. He said the reason he did it was because if I had your horse, this is what I would sell it for. This is what I think it's worth. They'll let him know best was worshipping Allah with his money. That's his Muslim brother, his Muslim brother has a family to support his Muslim brother has kids to feed kids to put in school, he has a wife at home, he has all these sorts of different things. Why are you going to squeeze out of him a few extra dollars? Why wouldn't you be happy to pay the extra in order to let him live and have a decent livelihood and have a decent life. And if your intention is to seek Allah's budget, and you're also

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going to get rewarded in the afterlife for it, there's a lot of places, you know, like, I was recently at mass, and you see a lot of different vendors and stuff like that. And some of the stuff is very, like,

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I don't want to say cheap quality, but you can tell it's just like, you know, it doesn't have sustainability in mind. mass produced synthetic materials, you know, produced in a factory somewhere shipped around the globe. Okay, is it permissible? It's not permissible. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about what's ethical, what is the best thing that we could be doing? Whereas if you put your money into something that is handcrafted, it's from people that you can actually go and visit and see the individuals who are making this and ensure and ensure that they have a decent livelihood and that they're paid well, and that to the end of it? Are you gonna pay more? Of course

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you are, but if you have the right intention, you will be worshiping Allah with your money.