iPhone 6 OR Samsung S5? Your choice!

By Majed Iqbal- Yesterday saw the  hugely anticipated launch of Apple’s latest technology addition to the increasingly competitive mobile phone industry, presenting the world with its latest addition of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Enthusiasts have waited a long time for this launch with online blogs/magazines driveling over the live feed as the Apple head ‘un-boxed’ the latest gadgets.

With Phone contracts in the UK for phones still being offered every 24 months, consumers have to carefully plan their upgrades. Nobody wants to miss out on a good deal but equally, you don’t want to be tied down to a phone you recently bought only to miss out on the latest release.

This is the dilemma which many have may gone through. Now with Apple releasing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, some may be kicking themselves for not waiting a few more months extra to renew their Upgrade contracts.

They may have settled for another brand, maybe a Sony Xperia, HTC or the lead rival to Apple, Samsung by purchasing a S5.

With the release of the new phone, which may have convinced some that they now ‘must have it’, we will find phones purchased only months if not a few weeks ago will be up for grabs on websites like eBay or Gumtree at cut price offers. A quick sale, with quick cash to re-invest into a new phone to buy off-line which will most definitely require a few hundred quid more on top of their received phone flogged notes.

Capitalism drives people to consume for the sake of consuming in its efforts to create what they call ‘Healthy economic activity’. This is driven by a view of life which is restricted to this world and encourages everyone to maximize on their enjoyments and enjoy the moment because it’s all about YOLO (you only live once). People race ahead without any thinking or contemplation, to consume, to satisfy their wants, to look ‘the part’ with the new gadgets, no matter what the costs.


Your Samsung S5 will do everything an iPhone 6 may do but clever marketing appeals to the base desires of people of wanting everything good, now and in the moment, showing you have the purchasing power to get the latest stuff. Allah (SWT) addresses this love of prestige and wealth in the Holy Quran in Surah Adiyaat (100) , Ayah 8

“And indeed he is, in love of wealth, intense”

This intensity of striving and craving for wealth and status has been described furthermore by the Holy Prophet (SAW) when he said ”

“If the son of Adam has one valley, he will wish that he had a second, and if he had two valleys, he would wish that he had a third. The stomach of the son of Adam will be filled only with dust (i.e., he is never satisfied) (Ahmad)

Islam builds a clear view of being satisfied with what we have. Yes we can have the latest gadgets, clothes, consoles, cars and Phones, but not at the expense of wasting precious time, chasing and salivating after these material goods while forgetting our Islamic commitments, practices, obligations and lifestyles.

Wants and needs will continually be manipulated in Societies where there is no thought about the link of this life to a next. Greed will continue to fester unless people are reminded of Shukr (Thankfulness) and gratitude for all that Allah (SWT) has blessed us with.

Allah (SWT) mentions in the Holy Quran in Surah Namal (27), Ayah 40

” ..then when (Sulaiman (Solomon)) saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his own self, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his own self). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful” 

Are we of the grateful?



  1. Masha Allah. Beautifully put ….

  2. Reblogged this on Muslim Parent Forum and commented:
    Are we satisfied with what we have ? Do we follow the American dream?

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