‘Earn, spend income according to Islam’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monetary income doesn’t necessarily have to be acquired by working for the government or the private sector but can be obtained through a variety of ways, said imams during the Friday sermon.
Imams said there are many ways to find sources of income because sustenance isn’t only limited to what the country can offer the people.
In the sermon, imams said there are many people in the country who work hard to earn a living even though they receive less than what they should based on their academic achievements.
“Everyone is obliged to work in order to obtain the necessities of everyday life such as food, clothing and shelter either for ourselves or our dependents.
“People need to know that as long as their earnings are halal and they aren’t depending on others for financial support, that should serve as an example to others. Our source of income must be the result of our own efforts and not from depending on others,” imams said.
In the sermon, imams also highlighted the importance of using monetary income for something useful such as the maintenance of those under their care.
“In addition, it is recommended to spend our income on things like charity, welfare, religious endowment, helping the poor, the destitute and people affected by disasters.
“If what we obtained has met the conditions for issuing zakat harta such as livestock or crops, then it must be carried out instantly, as there are the rights of others that we must immediately fulfil,” imams said.
The sermon also said that spending must be balanced between revenue and expenditure.
“If people spend their income without thinking about the risks, it could lead to a financial crisis in the family, which usually leads to another issue, which is debt.”
In order to avoid money problems, the sermon urged people to adopt a modest lifestyle, as it could prevent them from being extravagant and wasteful and they will also be able to save their earned income.
“The practice of saving money is a wise action. It can improve the welfare of the family and the savings can be used as a preparation to overcome any problem that may occur in the future, especially during hardships and emergencies,“ said imams.
The Brunei Times