Buying the latest model car

Reference: I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 401

Question: What is your opinion regarding the one who buys a new car every time the latest model appears [on the market], even if it is beyond his financial means?

Response: I am of the opinion that this is not sensible, that you buy a car beyond your means in order to boast to others or to remain abreast of the latest cars every time a new model appears [on the market]. [So] you go and buy it and sell your previous [car] at a loss; No doubt this is a mistake, foolishness! If you are in need of a car, then buy one according to your means. It has been said:

Extend your stride according to your covering (i.e. how much you are covered by clothing)

…this is because if you extended it beyond your covering then you will catch a cold!

So we say to our brothers, compose yourselves; Don’t buy cars except those which are necessary, and don’t buy cars except those which are within your means.

As for monthly payments [hire purchase], then no doubt they are regarded as a loan.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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