glad tidings to the strangers
Slowly but surely, the Muslim community amongst many others are waking up to the economic injustices that forms the foundation of capitalism. With artificial inflation used by the powerful to make money, the ordinary folk are struggling to eat and keep a roof over their heads. This along with rising unemployment and welfare cuts has led to riots and millions of citizens across the world feeling discontent and disempowered.
Islam provides the solution but living under shariah in all facets of life isn’t a reality for majority of Muslims. For most modern day Muslims Islam guides their souls and morals but they live in debt-ridden countries that make it impossible to live by shariah guided politics or finance. It’s not impossible to live under shariah in a non-muslim state but it’s not easy either. Below is a list of simple tips that can help you make a move towards being independent from your state’s economy and living by Islamic economic values. Yes, I did use the word simple but you do need to do your research and be committed to be successful. When you get going, you’ll be surprised at the resources and opportunities that surround you.
How to become independent from the capitalist economy:
1. Before making the leap to Dinar and Dirham try to use cash whenever possible. This helps you to get used to tangible money instead of credit.
2. Convert your savings into Dinar and Dirham, preferably large amounts of money you will not use anytime soon. This will protect you from inflation and also changes the bulk of your legal tender into something that has real worth across the world.
3. Build on your survival skills. We’re not going all Doomsday on you but the reality is that you need to be able to look after yourself to be independent. That means you need to skill up on a variety of things ranging from food gardening to wood-shop skills. I also suggest learning how to cook as you need to be able to cook and preserve raw and fresh produce, to avoid waste and be dependent on what you grow. Constantly learning is crucial in being able to do this, the more you know, the more you can do by yourself.
4. Try to set up your home on fair sized land, you should be able to grow your own food and keep some animals. Buying land also means you can add extensions to your home as your family grows instead of moving every few years. This may be a big leap for some of or difficult to do if you’re living in a busy city. In that case, get in the habit of growing herbs and smaller fruit and veg in your balcony or on the windowsill.
5. Do research on your local community. Look at the opportunities a available and the resources already in place. There may be local farmers markets where you can buy and even swap produce. If you’re living in a flat there may be allotments close to you (if you’re living in a busy city like London be prepared to be put in a waiting list). Many community centres hold workshops on valuable skills such as sewing and informative classes on topics such as healthy eating. More often than not there are hundreds of resources and opportunities all around you, it’s just a matter of finding them.
6. Be a participant of your community. It is very important you build relationships with your community. I say build communities and “networking” seems so impersonal and is more a matter of you taking a person’s contact details so that you can ask them to do something for you later on. Building trust and relationships is key, you will need help from other ordinary people when trying to be independent, especially when you can’t do it all by yourself. So for example, if you’re living in the city you may choose to keep a few chickens in your back garden. If you and your local bakery have good ties you can swap some of your eggs for a loaf of bread.
7. Attempt to swap goods more often. The last point included just one example of a community coming together to help each other get what they need by using each other’s strength and skill set and without using money.
8. Try to use Dinar and Dirham when possible. I understand that may seem virtually impossible when living in the western world but at least try it when paying your Zakat. If that’s not possible then try to donate items that you know the poor will need (eg. Clothing, food, tools to become independent, teach them valuable skills that can help them find work).
I hope this list helps. It’s not an exhaustive list so if you feel it’s missing something please do message us below, we’re always open to suggestions.