Ramadan is the time for giving and gratitude but spending tends to be on the rise during the fasting month of Ramadan.
More money was spend by the customers who tend to focus more on shopping and eating during Ramadan, which should be a time for praying and worshipping.
It is the time when people buy consumer goods, household and make more attractive their homes to host lavish family get-togethers and Iftar gatherings.
The shopping bills may go beyond the family budgets by up to five times during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Overspending could also be due to the fact that some people try to make an impression of their prosperity during Iftar, and therefore end up spending more than what is required.
“Islam condemns overspending and food wastage, and as per one of the pillars of Islam, we must pay zakat (charity) to the needy. We need to exercise self control.”
Ramadan is a month to stay away from all sorts of enticements and desires. But it is depressing to note that most people indulge in unnecessary shopping during this time.
It is the month of worship, and not a month of eating and consumption, and that the media should run awareness programs about sensible shopping practices of Ramadan-related goods.