Cost is controllable, income is not

[Live within your means; control your cost and be happy with what you have. This world is short and in paradise we will get our hearts desire. - Saif]

My father, Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (may Allah have mercy upon him) used to say something very useful in regards to wastage. He would say that to increase income is not within one’s control. In that a person acquire however much one desires is not in one’s control. At most they can make an effort but there is no guaranty that as a result income will increase. This is not in the control of humans; however, reducing cost is in within control of humans.

It is odd that people occupy themselves in pursuing that which they cannot control. They try day and night, think far ahead and ponder on how they might increase wealth. [In contrast] that which is within their control – the reduction of expenditure, no attention is given towards it.

Posted in ijtima.org, note 62 (12 Rajab 1433). Originally published in Islahi Majalis. Mufti Taqi Usmani. v.5 p. 189

Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman