The Brothers of The Shayateen – شیطان کے بھائی – शैतान का भाई
(وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا) (QS. Al-Israa: 26)
“Don't go out of your way to spend wastefully.”
The first thing that comes out of the ground is called (البذر) When a farmer plants the seed and the plant starts coming out. It has to wait a long time before it's fully grown.
But if it's just come out a little bit, it's premature. It's not ready, if you cut it right now there is no benefit. But there are some people, the soon as the money comes into their hand, they spend it.
As soon as they get their paycheck, they have to get a new pair of Jordans. Or they have to get a big screen TV, or they have to go at a really expensive restaurant, and spend all their money every chance they get.
Some linguist comments on the idea of (تبذير), that you just spread your money in every direction without any concern about… “Uh, money ain't a thing bro, I got this, I got this.” “It's not a problem.” You walk into like a Best Buy, “I want the biggest TV you got.”
“Uh, that one's $8,000…” “I don't care. Put it in! I got this.” Allah did not just say, “Don't spend your money wastefully,”
“Don't go out of your way to spend money wastefully,”
which is the incredible hikmah of the Quran, to some extent some of us will waste some money. It's inevitable.
Somebody who goes on an extreme, Ied came, and you're like, “Maybe I should buy my wife new dress or something…” And you're about to buy it, she pick out this dress, you're like, (وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا).
“No, no, no. We're not gonna buy that.” “No, no, no, no, hold on a second…” Or you're about to buy your kids some toys, get some present for somebody or whatever, and you're like, “No! We're not gonna do (تبذير).” Or you're about to get a new car, and you're like, “No, I don't wanna do (تبذير).”
“I'll get a 1978 Cutlass Ciera and that's… anything more than that, I don't need it, cause it's still has four wheels and it still goes from point A to point B.”
“So, I'm just gonna buy myself a donkey and a cart behind it, and that's how I'm gonna live my life.” Even the HOA (Home owner Association) has a problem with that. No, no, no. That's not what the idea of (تبذير) is. The idea of (تبذير) is that you constantly go over in spending more than you need to, in things you need and things you don't need, without any discrimination, all the time.
If you develop that habit of constantly spending money, without any consideration, any sense of financial responsibility. Because if you keep spending your money like that, what are you gonna give to your family?
What are you gonna give to the miskeen? What are you gonna give to the one who's in homeless situation or traveling around? What are you gonna give to them? You got nothing left to give, cause it all goes into your obsession. Into your collection of whatever and however.
It's okay to redecorate your house, it's no problem. It's okay to get a new carpet, no problem. But if you're constantly doing that, that's (لَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا). Which is why in the next ayah, Allah does not even say, (إن الذين يبذرون), He says, (ِنَّ ٱلْمُبَذِّرِين).
The isim fa'il is used which suggests these are people who do this all the time. They just develop this habit and they do it all the time. What is Allah say about them, it's one of the worst things that is said in the Quran about people. Allah says, (إِنَّ ٱلْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوٓا۟ إِخْوَٰنَ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينِ).
Let's think about this for a little bit.
- First and foremost, (العجلة من الشيطان), rushing comes from Shaitaan. The idea of you becoming impulsive, and rushing into spending your money without thinking twice about it, that is actually something satanic to begin with.
- Second, when you spend a lot of money on frivolous, useless things, if people spend tons and tons and tons of money on entertainment for example. The wasteful enterprise, the wasteful corporations, they're the one that thrive. And when they thrive, shaitaan's work succeed in society. So we become part of the machinery of shaitaan.
Then the other part of this, (وَكَانَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ لِرَبِّهِۦ كَفُورًۭا) (QS. Al-Israa: 27) Allah could have told us so many things about shaitaan in this ayah, but the one thing He told us, “And Shaitaan has always been extremely ungrateful to his Master.“
Guess what? They're never happy. They're never grateful for what they have. Their eyes are always on what they don't have.
- What more can I buy?
- What more can I acquire?
- What more can I get?
All the time. In other words, you can only be a constant consumer if you dissatisfied. And dissatisfaction is the exact opposite of gratitude. Shaitaan is dissatisfied, he is ungrateful. And so is a (مبذر).
So is someone who spends frivolously all the time. They are never grateful. They are never appreciative. If they have a really nice car, and you said in the car, “Wow, you have a really nice car.”
But their eyes on some other cars. “You know, I was thinking about that one.” They could have a really nice house, and you go to their house like, “Wow, this is an amazing house.”
They're looking at a better house, they're looking at another house. We've turned some of our children into this monster. Do you know that?
We buy them video game, another video game, another video game, another… and they got a collection. Massive collection. “You have that game? You have that game? Yeaah!” “But I don't have that one.”
“That's what really burning my soul right now, cause I don;t have that one.”
- What we've done with the new iPhone culture?
- You have iPhone 4 (اَسْتَغْفِرُ اَللّهَ الْعَظِیْمَ), what kind of primitive Muslim are you?
- You don't even have an iPhone 5?
- You have a 5?
- You only have a 5C?
- Oh miskeen, you don't have a 5S?
- And even the one who have 5S is making dua' late at night when is the 6th coming out?
So the idea of you just constantly being dissatisfied with what you have. It's not enough for you, you want something more, you want something more, you want something more.
And it's a constant thing. And even though all of us, by the way, human beings have a tendency to want something better. We have that. We're always gonna like another car, it's always gonna be there. We're always gonna drive by a nice neighborhood and like the neighborhood.
That's natural. You always gonna go to a store and look at some clothes that you cannot afford or didn't buy, but they're nice. We have that inside of us. But the different between that and a (مبذر) is… The (مبذر) has no brakes.
He sees it, he likes it, he gets it. He just gets it, he doesn't think about the consequences. You can like things but put some brakes on. You don't have to get everything you like.
Learn to be a little more satisfied with what you have. Be happy with what you have. And you can spend on things you like but don't over spend on things you like. Because once that become an addiction, then,
(إِنَّ ٱلْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوٓا۟ إِخْوَٰنَ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينِ), (وَكَانَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ لِرَبِّهِۦ كَفُورًۭا) (QS. Al-Israa: 27)