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Gratitude for having a vehicle Part 15 B

May 03, 2021

Need to get from point A to point B, in some countries (mostly in Europe) hopping on to a public transport is safe, efficient and reliable. Unfortunately in South Africa that is not really an option. Public transport is dangerous, unsafe, unreliable and expensive. So nobody understands the gift of owning your own private vehicle as well as we do.

Allah speaks about this in various places in the Holy Quraan.

وَتَحْمِلُ أَثْقَالَكُمْ إِلَىٰ بَلَدٍ لَّمْ تَكُونُوا۟ بَـٰلِغِيهِ إِلَّا بِشِقِّ ٱلْأَنفُسِ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ
They carry your heavy loads to far-off towns that you could not otherwise reach without painful toil; indeed your Rabb is Kind and Merciful. [An Nahl: 7]

ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلْأَنْعَـٰمَ لِتَرْكَبُوا۟ مِنْهَا وَمِنْهَا تَأْكُلُونَ
وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَنَـٰفِعُ وَلِتَبْلُغُوا۟ عَلَيْهَا حَاجَةً فِى صُدُورِكُمْ وَعَلَيْهَا وَعَلَى ٱلْفُلْكِ تُحْمَلُونَ
It is Allah Who has provided you with cattle, that you may use some for riding and some for food; and there are also other advantages in them for you; they take you where you wish to go carrying you on their backs as ships carry you by the sea. [Al Mu`min: 79,80]

The Prophet of Allah is reported to have said:
مِنْ سَعَادَةِ الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ‏:‏ الْمَسْكَنُ الْوَاسِعُ، وَالْجَارُ الصَّالِحُ، وَالْمَرْكَبُ الْهَنِيءُ‏
Nafi’ ibn ‘Abdu’l-Harith reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Part of the happiness of the Muslim man includes a spacious dwelling, righteous neighbour and a good mount” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 116].

Owning your own vehicle has many benefits

1. The Convenience
With your own car, you’ll enjoy the convenience of being able to travel anywhere you want, any time you want.
You’ll enjoy being able to have your own independence and not having to rely on public transit, ride-share systems, or carpools. With your own car, you’re in charge of when you leave, arrive, and wherever you go.

2. Have Your Own Freedom
Part of owning your car is enjoying the convenience but also experiencing your own freedom.
With ride-shares, you don’t have complete control over it, and it can start to get expensive anyway. In addition, some ride-shares and public transit don’t travel far outside of city limits. If you have your own car, you have the ability to apply for new jobs, move, or visit family and friends.

3. Can Take Road Trips
One of the best parts of owning a car is that now you have the ability to take your own road trips.
Sure, you may have taken some with your family or friends, but now you don’t have to rely on them to go. You can also decide when and where you want to go all on your own.

4. Saves Time
In the long run, having your own car will save you time. When you don’t have to spend time waiting for a bus, carpool, or ride-share system, you can leave work or your home whenever you want. You may have to sit in a little bit of traffic while driving, but really you get to determine your schedule.

5. Great for Families
Buying your own car isn’t great just for family road trips. While it’s one of the pros, having a car if you have a family is just so much easier in general.

Public transportation with a family can be a nightmare and expensive. You’ll have to find seats for each of your children, and some of the seats may not even be all together. You’ll also have to pay for each person that gets on the bus.



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