Minimalism simply implies living with less. It is the antidote of the consumerism culture.
Minimalism is majorly about getting rid of the superfluous and living with only what one needs in this dunya.
We buy, we gather, we amass a lot of what we don’t need.
We need to look inwards and really reflect on what’s truly important in this dunya.
Allah, Glorified and Exalted is He, says (interpretation of the meaning);
“I have not created jinn or mankind except to worship me”
Now, the following are practical tips for living a minimalist lifestyle according to the Sunnah;
Have the Right Intention.
When you realize that less is more, you should have the intention of seeking Allah’s Pleasure only, when you let go of the things you don’t need.
We all hoard stuff. Anything you know you’re not using or keeping for the sake of eventuality, let go of it and give to charity.
This is very important.
Create room for what’s important.
What’s the most important thing in this dunya? Worshipping Allah. Everything else is secondary. And no, I’m not just talking about praying 5 times a day. I’m talking about abiding by the injunctions of the Qur’aan and following the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Observe where you are repeatedly spending your time and money.
If it isn’t on something productive or beneficial both in this dunya and in the aakhirah, let it go!
Eliminate toxic relationships and people who are a threat to your Deen.
Abu Hurairah RA reported: I heard the Prophet ﷺ saying, “Man follows his friend’s religion, you should be careful who you take for friends”. [At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].
Be moderate in spending.
Learn to prioritize and spend only on what’s important and necessary. Always ask yourself,
“Do I really need this?”
“What will happen if I don’t buy it?”
Often, this mindful reflection will get you spending less.
Social Media Detoxification.
Do you impulsively check your phone all the time? Do you spend a lot of time online on chat and social media apps? WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and what not?
If you do, a detox is in order. You can learn to productively use the sites and manage your time properly or just delete them altogether. Whichever one works for you.
Last but not the least, Adorn yourself with the mannerisms of the Prophets of Allah (AS) and the truthful ones.
With all this being said, you’re probably curious and wondering, “What do I benefit from living a minimalist lifestyle?”
• Realization of what’s important. In this case, it’s fulfilling your purpose of existence – Worshiping Allah.
• Peace of Mind.
• Less focus on material possessions.
• More time at your disposal which can be used productively.
All these and many more are the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with having fun and living halal. The only problem is when this takes up all our time and distracts us from worshiping our Lord.