COURSES / MASTERCLASS
THE MUSLIM CONSUMER:
FOOD AND LIFESTYLE
“The ˹true˺ servants of The Most Loving are those who spend neither wastefully nor stingily, but moderately in between.”
– [Surah Al-Furqan, Ayat 67]
Sunday, 26 December 2021
2pm – 5pm
This course will be conducted online on Google Meet.
Ustaz Taufiq bin Radja Nurul Bahri
We live in a world that is obsessed with economic growth, from the international stage where countries compete with each other endlessly to boost their brand image, all the way down to us, as individuals, seeking opportunities, and at times, even loopholes, to make a quick buck here or there. While it is praiseworthy that we strive to do our best and earn from the bountiful blessings of God that He has bestowed upon us in this world, it is also imperative that we take note of how we earn our provisions, to ensure that we do so in a permissible and ethical manner. Furthermore, how we spend our money also reflects upon our beliefs and our values as a Muslim. To put it simply, how we transact, shows how much we value the ethical standards of being a Muslim.
One of the most essential expenditures in our lives, is food. We are always spending to buy food and ingredients, and as such, we should be especially wary of how we choose between the wide variety of options that are available to us today. With so much effort and money being put into the presentability of food today, through the countless avenues that marketing strategies utilize, it takes some real thought to peel through the layers and see food products for what they truly are. Selecting good food items and ingredients, those which are permissible and ethical, is necessary if we want to be true to our faith, to always strive to provide the best of provisions for ourselves and our loved ones. We now see that faith can even manifest itself on the food that we put on our plates.
Points Of Discussion Include:
• The Art & Science Called Gastronomy: Food For Thought & Thought For Food
• The Halal Dilemma: Sourcing Good Food & Ingredients in A Cryptic World
• Clothe Yourselves, Ethically: Buying Clothes That Make You Do Good
• Cosmetic Enhancements, Harmlessly: Understanding Beautification, Available Products & Real-World Implications
The next essential expenditure that we ought to think about, is clothing. The fashion industry, works similar to how the food industry works, at least in terms of their proclivity to exaggerate the aesthetics over the form, function and fidelity of their products. From the sourcing of materials, to fair (or unfair) use of labour, and creating hype around fashion trends, there happens to be many layers of considerations that need to be accounted for, as we assess the ethical value of the brands and products we wear everyday.
The emphasis on presentability and aesthetical flair is no doubt clear from the study of The Sunnah of The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. However, the modern interpretation of beauty seems to cross the limits of what is morally permissible and ethically sound. An in-depth study of Muslim consumer ethics would allow us to revise our personal habits of clothing and beautifying ourselves, so that we can achieve the optimum lifestyle that brings the best out of us, while attempting to redact the harms of modern consumerism.
This MasterClass, we study the Muslim’s lifestyle as a consumer, how we spend and utilize our earnings, to make the best out of what we have, to be the best servant of God and the best servant to humanity.
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