As I’m positive you’re conscious, many individuals name the day after the vacation recognized to many as Thanksgiving “Black Friday.” It is marked by rampant quantities of consumerism, celebrating company and capitalist extra with panicked stampedes on the door of electronics shops and buying malls, frenzied customers stepping over and on prime of each other to seize their purchases off the cabinets. People camp out in a single day and other people sit up for all of it 12 months. It’s like an orgy of consumption that drives individuals fully insane.
To many this obscene show of greed and scavenging for issues which are pointless is offensive, and in response there’s a world motion in the direction of a brand new technique to mark at the present time often known as “Buy Nothing Day.” It began over twenty years in the past, and is promoted most notably by the Canadian journal AdBusters. Buy Nothing Day is an try to slap the sense into the deranged plenty who’ve spent the 12 months imbibing the liquor of having-as-being. Buy Nothing Day proposes we choose out as an alternative of driving our valuable planet’s floor assets into oblivion with our extra, and supporting the demonic, satanic forces which have hailed wealth and privatization, development economies, and the harmful capitalist system that has made a McSociety of our tradition.
#BuyNothingDay as promoted by AdBusters
“This year’s #BuyNothingDay stands to be the most critical yet in the activist tradition’s nearly 30-year history. Why? It hardly bears repeating: the coronavirus has decimated the economy and (re-)exposed nauseatingly profound inequalities. In its wake, barely any but the biggest and most ruthless of businesses can hope to survive while the rest drop like flies.”
“Meanwhile the world’s richest keep getting richer, even as their own employees face outsize risk just to make minimum wage (and ends meet). And as the virus rages on, the devastation — to the health and wealth of millions — will only worsen for all but the most affluent.”
“It didn’t have to be like this. The virus merely served as the catalyst for the second economic drubbing in a generation — the severest in a century. Not just four years but decades of bad government and backward policymaking brought us to these depths of suffering and disparity.”
Buy Nothing Day is an try to slap the sense into the deranged plenty who’ve spent the 12 months imbibing the liquor of having-as-being.
“Should the economy serve the many or the few? Do we stand for justice and the common good or injustice and mass deprivation? Is ours a government of, by, and for the people, or just the prosperous?”
“We can’t overhaul the whole system in one day.”
“But we can take a meaningful stand.”
“Corporations have never been more powerful. And amid lockdowns and self-isolation, their one-click hold on us has only grown stronger and stronger. Simply put, however, the source of their might is your wallet — close it up and their sway over you vanishes.”
“This ̶B̶l̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶F̶r̶i̶d̶a̶y̶ Buy Nothing Day, November 27th, do the least you can do — for your bank account, your mind, and the planet. Refuse to let parasitic corporations feed off your hard-earned bucks. Cut them off at the source . . . break their spell. Prevent the likes of Amazon — symbols of totalitarian, anti-human capitalism gone off the rails — from crushing the local shops we love, and becoming the only places left to buy everything from food to diapers to TVs.”
“Buy Nothing during the high-volume shopping season that extends into Xmas and the New Year . . . before the Amazonization of everything is complete.”
Anti-Consumerism within the Hadith
In a way, that is essentially the most Muslim non-Muslim vacation of the 12 months. Our prophet (PBUH) was notably ascetic in his way of life selections. He didn’t imagine in overeating, or consuming in extra. He lived a easy life. There is a well-known story of his companions as properly that reveals the worth the early ummah placed on self-sacrifice round materials items. It goes as follows:
Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered us to offer charity and on the time I had some wealth. I mentioned to myself, “Today I will outdo Abu Bakr, if ever there were a day to outdo him.” I went with half of my wealth to the Prophet and he mentioned, “What have you left for your family?” I mentioned, “The same amount.” Then, Abu Bakr got here with every little thing he had. The Prophet mentioned, “O Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?” Abu Bakr mentioned, “Allah and his messenger.” I mentioned, “By Allah, I will never do better than Abu Bakr.” -Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3675
There are some studies that Abu Bakr, (RA) even took the buttons off his garments and tied his shirt with a stick. The Prophet (PBUH) instructed the Sahabi that each one the inhabitants of Jannah dressed like Abu Bakr (RA) that day.
The Prophet (SAW) was an ascetic. He lived merely. His household additionally lived minimally. They adopted the rule “Live simply that others may simply live.” Excessive indulgence within the dunya that we see, with closet stuffed with sneakers, dressers stuffed with scarves, expense after expense is just not the sunnah. It is much more noticeable that within the struggling we see round us on account of COVID19, going out in an orgy of consumerism is totally disrespectful and haram.
Anti-Consumerism within the Quran
The Quran 57:20 states: Know that this worldly life is not more than play, amusement, luxurious, mutual boasting, and competitors in wealth and kids. This is like rain that causes vegetation to develop, to the delight of the planters. But later the vegetation dry up and also you see them wither, then they’re diminished to chaff. And within the Hereafter there can be both extreme punishment or forgiveness and pleasure of Allah, whereas the lifetime of this world is not more than the delusion of enjoyment.
What will our Prophet (SAW) and our God consider our deeds on the Day once we stand earlier than him with no wealth, no cash, no shopping for energy, solely our deeds? Will our conduct on at the present time be for or in opposition to us? Will at the present time make us richer or poorer?
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