EXCLUSIVITY AND DESIGNER GOODS… Surah HUD 25-30

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وَلَقَد اَرسَلنَا نُوحًا اِلى قَومِه اِنِّى لَـكُم نَذِيرٌ مُّبِينٌ‏﴿۲۵

اَن لَّا تَعبُدُوا اِلَّا اللّهَ‌ اِنِّى اَخَافُ عَلَيكُم عَذَابَ يَومٍ اَلِيمٍ‏﴿۲۶

فَقَالَ المَلَاُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِن قَومِه مَا نَركَ اِلَّا بَشَرًا مِّثلَنَا وَمَا نَركَ اتَّبَعَكَ اِلَّا الَّذِينَ هُم اَرَاذِلُــنَا بَادِىَ الرَّاىِ‌ وَمَا نَرى لَـكُم عَلَينَا مِن فَضلٍ بَلۡ نَظُنُّكُمۡ كذِبِينَ‏﴿۲۷

قَالَ يقَومِ اَرَءَيتُمْ اِن كُنتُ عَلى بَيِّنَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّى وَاتنِى رَحمَةً مِّن عِندِه فَعُمِّيَت عَلَيكُم اَنُلزِمُكُمُوهَا وَاَنـتُم لَـهَا كرِهُونَ‏﴿۲۸

وَيقَومِ لَا اَســَٔلُكُم عَلَيهِ مَالاً‌ اِن اَجرِىَ اِلَّا عَلَى اللّهِ‌ وَمَا اَنَا بِطَارِدِ الَّذِينَ امَنُوا‌ اِنَّهُم مُّلقُوا رَبِّهِم وَلـكِنِّى اَركُم قَومًا تَجهَلُونَ‏﴿۲۹

وَيقَومِ مَن يَّـنصُرُنِى مِنَ اللّهِ اِنطَرَدتُّهُم اَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ‏﴿۳۰

And We sent Noah unto his folk (and he said): Lo! I am a plain warner unto you. (25)

That ye serve none, save Allah. Lo! I fear for you the retribution of a painful Day. (26)

The chieftains of his folk, who disbelieved, said: We see thee but a mortal like us, and we see not that any follow thee save the most abject among us, without reflection. We behold in you no merit above us – nay, we deem you liars. (27)

He said: O my people! Bethink you, if I rely on a clear proof from my Lord and there hath come unto me a mercy from His presence, and it hath been made obscure to you, can we compel you to accept it when ye are averse thereto? (28)

And O my people! I ask of you no wealth therefore. My reward is the concern only of Allah, and I am not going to thrust away those who believe – Lo! they have to meet their Lord! – but I see you a folk that are ignorant. (29)

And, O my people! Who would deliver me from Allah if I thrust them away? Will ye not then reflect? (30)

Background:

In current day, the status of a person is judged by the exclusivity of his overt material manifestation, his clothes, his car, his house, her jewelry etc etc.

The exclusivity of the designer is based on the wallet, the more expensive it becomes the less people have access to it, and therefore it becomes even more exclusive.

People thus get sucked into the cycle of wanting to be exclusive based on their external material possessions.

Are you COOL?

They use it as criteria whether the other person is cool or not. In the western world and now via satellite even the eastern societies are taught via media blitz as to what to wear, how to walk, what to buy for the house, how to do your hair and nails, and what colors are in.

If you are not with what the media blitz is telling you, you are certainly not cool! Or “sophisticated” you may be a “nerd” or just plain old fashioned.

Tafseer translated from Dr. Farhat Hashmi
In the history of the Prophets from the time of Abraham, the first people to accept God as their one Creator and embrace the monotheistic faith have been the poor, the downtrodden and the oppressed.

Why is that?

Dr. FH explains that it is because layer-by-layer as their material goods are peeled off, they become more in tune to their heart and the connection to Allah Subhanawataala is faster.

When one is not occupied with obtaining and retaining the material trappings of exclusivity, access to Allah Subhanawataala’s message is unimpeded.

The vicious circle of exclusivity

Material trappings bought for exclusivity rather than utility, whether that is a car, house, clothes, makeup or jewelry, are time burners.
The time spent in figuring out what is “in” earning the money to buy what is “in”, burning up the time to remain” in” the game of exclusivity is a drain on intellect, time and focus.

Even when one does not have the money, to be exclusive people will struggle by going to sales and taking out loans or buying things in installments, this leaves neither energy, time or the spiritual purity of the heart and mind to connect with Allah Subhanawataala.

Modernizing scriptures and Human Nature
It is ironic to note that though we want to be called “modern” and we want to modernize the Scriptures because they are considered out of date being 1400 years old, it is evident that human nature has not changed as is shown by the response to Noah (AS) by his people.

Exclusion of the poor and oppressed
When Noah (AS) brings the message of Allah to his community, they object to the kinds of people who have accepted his message. They mostly being poor, oppressed, or leading a simple life.
The elite people of the community of Noah actually ask him to cut those people from his circle and only then would they deem it fit to accept his message and sit in his circle.

Who is the Elite with Allah?
He (Noah (AS) of course refuses as he says that I am not asking you for a reward in exchange of your emaan. The elite in the eyes of Allah are those who have emaan in their hearts and those whose hearts are pure from the diseases of the heart such as greed, ostentation, and arrogance.
Surah Shuraa; 26:109: “No reward do I ask of you for it: my reward is only from the Lord of the Worlds:
Surah Al Furqan: 25:57: Say: “No reward do I ask of you for it but this: that each one who will may take a (straight) Path to his Lord.”

“These people with emaan whom you want me (Noah AS) to get rid off from my companionship, have a very special position with Allah Subhanawataala.”

Those who are the slaves of ones own desires and ones own opinions dictated by their Nafs they have a barrier against submitting to the One Creator, They find it difficult to let go of ones own desires.
End Tafseer

ACTION POINTS:
1.    Refrain from buying into the media blitz of designer products.

2.    Limit time or better yet turn of the TV which brings you the elite products

3.    Seek the company of diversity based on Taqwa

4.    Pare down time for activities of daily living

5.    Get rid of things, people and hobbies that are high maintenance

6.    Look inside your heart and remove built in biases against poverty, oppression, and color by being with them.

7.    Evaluate your attitude with people who do not have material goods but have taqwa

8.    Evaluate your attitude with people who boast exclusivity of material things

9.    People are attracted to like-minded people, so you will know where you stand by the results of #7 and #8.

10.    Make dua that Allah helps us cleanse our hearts.

Please keep me in your prayers.

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