I’m on a roll aren’t I? – one post one after another. But really, I only write when I have the inspiration. I cannot, for the life of me, vomit something out when I’m not inspired. Which is why when I am, I quickly jot my thoughts down because I know there will be periods where I don’t blog for months.
Anywho, today, I want to talk about money. I mean, money makes the world go round, right? You need money to live – quite literally and logically. You need it for sustenance, transport, for school, the list goes on. It is, without a doubt, important. At the same time, because money is so, extremely loved by humans, it becomes the root of most evil (as the saying goes), when greed overrides moral principles. If you think about it, though, the root of evil arises from human greed, which is, by nature, a characteristic unique to human.
Now, what inspired me to talk about money was a thought I had following a recent encounter. Several days ago, an online tuition agency I registered with sent out a text message regarding an assignment.
P2 EMM, Tampines East MRT, $20/hr, 2×1.5hr session weekly.
What appealed to me most was the location (literally a 10 min bus ride from home), as well as the level and subjects. So I immediately indicated my interest. The agency got back to me and within two days, I managed to seal the deal, Alhamdulillah. As I was thinking about the amount of money I will be getting each month, a thought struck me. I’m an undergrad. According to a website I found on the standard tuition rate in Singapore, I’m entitled to a rate of $25 – $30 per hour when I tutor a lower primary student. That’s at least $5 less than what I would be getting per hour. $5 may not seem like much, but if you do the calculation, $5 makes a lot of difference. I started to get slightly apprehensive. I thought about all the things I have to save up for – overseas school programme, dermatology treatments, so on and so forth. Those require a lot of money. For a brief moment, I wish I hadn’t made the agreement because I had received another text message on the same day from a different agency for an assignment that pays $30/hr, although the subjects and level were different. The reason I didn’t reply to that one was because I would have to teach Science. It’s primary 5 but if I had the option to pick between EMM and EMS, I’d go for the former. Which I did. Before I realised the difference in rates.
But I quickly brushed those thoughts away and told myself:
Allah is the one who gives us rezeki (sustenance). That assignment is my rezeki. Allah has preordained it for me. Nothing happens coincidentally. And because of that, no matter how much money you’re getting or you’re going to get, be thankful. Work hard, do your job well because it is your responsibility, and be content, so that Allah will grant ease in our hearts and make what we have sufficient. However, I am aware that there are instances where one might be gravely underpaid for the amount of work he/she puts in. If you’re able to do something about that, then do it.
Don’t worry about the many things you have to save up for. Yes, it’s understandable. But depending on your circumstances and as long as the work that you do is halal, insyaAllah everything will fall into place. If you’re still (reasonably) bothered by it, and if your circumstances permit, then find another part-time job that can help. However, it is important to avoid from being overwrought thinking about money – how your money is insufficient, how much more money you need, etc – because it will become toxic to your heart and soul.
Another thing I’ve learnt with regard to money is – no matter how little money you’re getting, never, ever be stingy with your parents. You’ll find that when you start being generous to your parents, your rezeki, even if not exactly ‘much’, never seems to run out. It will always, always be there, insyaAllah. This applies to giving sedekah too. An ustaz once told me: giving when you have a lot is easy, but to give when you don’t have much is the true test of faith.
And whoever places his trust in Allah, Sufficient is He for him, for Allah will surely accomplish His Purpose: For verily, Allah has appointed for all things a due proportion. (Surah Talaq, 65:3)