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What Islam teaches about moderation and balance

April 1, 2023
Islam stresses the importance of moderation, and finding balance in all aspects of life, including worship, relationships, and work.
What Islam teaches about moderation

Moderation is a beautiful part of life that we have ignored, making our lives difficult. We have adopted extreme polarization, resulting in mounting difficulties.

Let me share a heartbreaking story where a 45-year-old man worked hard and tirelessly day & night for a company. During a board meeting, the man suffered a heart attack while delivering a presentation and died.

Although the fate of life and death is in the hands of Allah (the Creator), He also does not burden us beyond our capacity to bear. Thus, we should strive for equity and avoid extremes. Further, we should learn how to bring optimism in our lives.

What Islam teaches about moderation and balance

Moderation in Islam means avoiding extremes and finding a balance in everything, including our worship, relationships, work, mental and physical health, and personal lives.

Following are the few verses in the Holy Quran where Allah guide us for adopting moderation in our daily lives.

  1. Chapter 17, Verse 29: "And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift), so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty." This verse means that we should neither be miserly nor extravagant but live our lives in moderation and balance.
  2. Chapter 25, Verse 67, "And those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a middle course."
  3. Allah explains the importance of moderation in developing the human body. In Chapter 82, Verse 7, Allah says, "Who created you, fashioned you perfectly, and gave you due proportion."
  4. Chapter 7, Verse 31, Allah says, "O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying and going round (the Tawaf of) the Ka'bah, and eat and drink but do not waste by extravagance; certainly He (Allah) does not like those who waste by extravagance." 

Allah guides us in every walk of life, telling us to live moderately and avoid unnecessary spending, even in eating. 

Conclusion

In our work and personal lives, Islam teaches us to be balanced and moderate in our behaviour. We should strive for success and excellence but also remember our obligations to Allah (SWT) and our families.

Here it is vital to share that one of the names of Muhammad (PBUH) was "Muktasad," which means "follower of the middle way." So, it is in humanity's best interests to follow the path of moderation.

This article is originally written by Muhammad Aslam Ch. in Urdu and translated by Usama Zulfiqar.

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About Author | Muhammad Aslam Ch.
Aslam has more than 35 years of experience as a former government electrical engineer and has worked for a number of both public and commercial enterprises. He has read more than 4,000 books, studied the Holy Scriptures, and researched the most recent scientific discoveries.

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