I look at the school playground and its bins are full of discarded, unwanted food. I visit a restaurant and see platefuls of leftover food left behind by the patrons. I look at my own fridge and see the limp looking lettuce begging to be used but most probably its fate is sealed; it will likely be discarded. I look at the Clothing Donation Bins positioned at the supermarket parking lots and these are overflowing with clothes, toys and other unwanted items. I see shelves of toys at the giant toy outlet and wonder how much money will be ‘wasted’ on cheaply made toys which have a short life span. I look at the children who are hardly 9 years of age and they are waving about their latest cell phone conquests. Then there are retail outlets in the local malls which are full of items...but I cannot define what it is that they sell nor can I say that I need anything they have on offer.. .do I want a bar of organic scented soap worth a small fortune?
These are just some things which play on the mind and there is a definite sense of responsibility and unrest within myself.
As millions are starving and do not have the basics to live on. As there are wars and civil unrests taking place and our brothers and sisters, young and old, are suffering, dying.
So, are we living a life of wastefulness? What can each and every one of us do to STOP being wasteful and can we make an effort to channel the saved money to better causes? How can we achieve the pleasure of Allah subhanahu Wa ta’ala in regards to use of His bounty and the resources which He has blessed us with?