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How Islam Advocated For Slow Living Before It Was Trendy

If you’ve been following the latest lifestyle trends, then most probably you’ve come across the concept of “slow living,” and how people are starting to leave out all the hustle and bustle so that they can focus on the few things that truly matter to them.

Hustle culture has been the norm of this generation, and as more and more people are becoming burnt out because of feeling like they’re just running in circles, the concept of living slowly and purposefully has become more and more tempting than ever before.

Having said that, if we reflect on what the culture of “slow living” entails, we’ll realize that the concept itself has always been what Islam advocates for — which is better known as “barakah.”

What Is Barakah Culture? 

Barakah culture is the Islamic lifestyle that entails focusing on doing the things that please our Lord. This type of culture is focused primarily on God, so much so your ultimate goal when it comes to doing anything in life revolves around how your goals and decisions, per se, are acts of worship. 

That way, your ultimate intention is no longer to derive pleasure from achieving your goals and chasing things 24/7/365, as you start to chase a few important goals that you deem right in accordance with what Allah commands.

How Does Barakah Culture Resemble Slow Living?

Both barakah culture and slow living culture encourage doing less and having a slower life — a life that doesn’t involve the everlasting rush. Thus, the concept of “failing fast to succeed faster” becomes “be present in the moment, set the right intention, do what matters, and be content with the results.”

In essence, slow living is all about living a life that is purposeful and fulfilling, while connecting with others and the world around you — which is the same case for barakah culture. 

That means, both slow living and barakah culture serve as the antithesis of hustle culture in the sense that hustle culture promotes personal gains, whereas both slow living and barakah culture promote the concept of extending your gains so that you benefit others around you. 

In hustle culture, the concept of “leaving a legacy,” for example, is all about leaving your personal stamp in this world, whether you become remembered as the best athlete, the best entrepreneur, the best author, etc. 

In barakah culture, however, leaving a legacy becomes what Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught us — be they the prayers we receive after we die, our sustainable charity that still benefits others, and our timeless knowledge that we spread to others.

So What Should I Choose? 

You choose whatever see is best for you. Islamically speaking, the lifestyle that was practiced during the time of the prophet ﷺ is barakah culture. 

Having said that, you have the ultimate decision to choose for yourself whether you prefer to hustle while being thankful to God along the way, or you want to shift because you feel burned out and want to slow down a bit.

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