How to abstain from compulsive buying during quarantine

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Many of us, despite the relaxation of lockdown restrictions in some countries, are still forced to stay inside, estranged from our habitual lives. In these isolated times, it can become easy to excessively begin buying unnecessary items on Amazon or elsewhere online.

In our context, such momentary weakness can quickly grow into a problem on multiple layers. Primarily, if you have time, in such a difficult period for all of us, to be filling your routine with scrolling for mindless online acquisitions, you are clearly not dedicating enough time to Allah in your prayer and Dua.

Surely the global situation is appearing more cheerful in the recent days, yet this doesn’t mean that we should begin neglecting our prayers. In fact, we should definitely be dedicating more time to praying for everything to go smoothly and for the reopening of borders not to lead to a tremendous second wave of infection.

Secondly, if you have disposable income that you have no need for, you can give it to charity, support the construction of a mosque or simply invest it into something that you think will become fruitful.

If you notice yourself constantly ending up at your computer, filling up your virtual cart, there is a high chance of accumulating items of little use and adopting a fruitless daily schedule. If you aren’t currently forced to stay home, deprived from your main occupation, the best option for you to avoid such a lowly pass-time is to incorporate activities into your days that actually interest you.

Needless to say, the veneration and worshipping of Allah comes first, although having other activities is of utmost importance as most of us wouldn’t have the self-control to dedicate all of our free time to prayer, especially with the Ramadan having reached its end.

When shopping online, it can be surprisingly easy to get persuaded by the endless garish suggestions that crowd the side-bars of your screen. You may be persuaded that the items you buy are useful and won’t just end up planked up on the shelf alongside the other surplus things. This however, may just be a trick of the mind with a pinch of good marketing.

Maybe you’re choosing yourself a blue coat, thinking that you are selecting it because you’ve always liked the colour blue and the design fits your style. What’s most probable is that some imperceptible ad has ingrained itself into your subconscious, which has processed it over time and concocted it into your personal desire.

With today’s marketing, this type of thing happens constantly as we see innumerable amounts of ads on a daily basis. That is why you must thoroughly question yourself on whether the item you are about to acquire is really necessary.

Furthermore, a classic trick is that some of these things might actually end up being useful, which makes it harder to dissuade yourself from buying them. Nevertheless, it is essential to make a clear distinction between what is necessary and not. Many things can technically be useful, though it’s clear that most of them aren’t a necessity and without most you can still be living a relatively comfortable life.

If you want to make close ones around you happy, you can spend this money on caring gifts for you family and children. Ultimately, you must come to the conclusion that buying things online isn’t a worthy hobby for a Muslim.