Saturday, January 2, 2010

What money means to you.

Sorry for the late posting. I was caught up with the holiday mood until an sms came in which says "Madam, where are we supposed to comment?''

Hahahahahaa..
Wait until you guys work okay!

It started one day as I was driving to class that morning, my car ( a six going seven year old car) suddenly gave way and wasnt about to budge at the traffic light. After jerking for a few times, I stepped on the accelerator harder thinking that I might have not slammed hard enough for it to move. The temperature was normal (so was the fuel tank indicator ok). To my dismay, it was obviously another episode of that "whatswrongwithyou!" moment. I had several breakdowns for the past two years and this was definitely not good. Both out of Kuantan, one in front of Batu Caves (where we stopped for ice-cream) and the other at Genting Sempah (no I didnt stop at the McD as I was very upset). People say that the best time to test your patience is whenever you are tested in unforeseen circumstances, you can still SMILE. Well, I DID. But, 0nly for the first ONE hour. The fact that the car was recently repaired (which cost close to RM3K), made we wonder what went on this time. The car was moving so slow that I had to switch on the hazard light to tell other road users that there was this "whatswrongwiththiscar" moment and not "whatswrongwiththisladydriver" instead. Two days later the temperature went up and I think I have had enough of these episodes! Therefore....., if I need to buy a new one, be it! Suddenly, it dawn on me......the down payment.....bloody sucking interests etc...if only MONEY is not a problem.....
So...I decided to ask my students what do they think MONEY means to them. It was section 32 who gave me numerous and amazing responses. How come these 21-22 year old students able to see the importance while I didnt when I was their age?? HOw naive could I be? No wonder I married early even though I didnt come from a rich family!(neither did shafiq's father). No regrets, lesson learnt and we moved on but wow!!!guys you really are matured young adults..So, let us see whether you can say and add something more like desire vs needs...or having to achieve more...what do you mean by this?..or having a better life..how do you define 'better'?..you will be able to buy what you want...so what is the limit? is that so?? Which means you might not have watched the movie 'Indecent Proposal' featuring Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson (and charming Roberd Redford phew..)
In case you havent, it is a story of a financially strapped couple who were betting on a quick trip to Las Vegas. They needed 50K to save their dreamed property. They won $25K the first day and continued betting the next. Obviously they lost and then came the billionaire (why does it have to be Robert Redford...ahhh) who offered $1 Million (this is in the 8o's ok? A million in the 80's is equal to ..I dont know...$5M perhaps?) to spend a night with Demi. Of course if it was u, the moment u hear this, you would say "No way!" and sure enough Woody said, "You go to hell!" (sorry I never use that). But, you got to watch the movie to have a better understanding :-)
So, I pass the ball to your court now, your comments are highly appreciated and let's get the ball rolling!

42 comments:

class rep said...

money is not everything but everything need money.

world (money) is small. when it is in yourself it will make your heart smaller and make your mind shallower. hereafter is wide and long. when it is in yourself it will make your heart bigger and make your mind wider.

Amira Farzana said...

As for me, money is not everything but it does help a lot! with money, we can have everything that we desire and yes, it should be for a good course :)

Anonymous said...

money is the most definite cause of destruction. money let people do things that are inhumane and cruel. but if every mankind truly understand the meaning of wealth, there shouldn't be chaos done from this kind of ideology. every human being have the right to own wealth because god gives all his blessings to mankind. therefore we should realize that our wealth are also for others to enjoy. i would like to add from the class rep's comment; when money is benefited to the right path, it will become the ticket for us to enter jannah. from bonzer

Anonymous said...

money is like the oxygen..we really need money in our life...

Intan said...

Money is a tool. Money offers me a personal sense of peace, security, and freedom. Money means one of the ways to provide the best possible life for ourself. I'm not being materialistic but the shelter, the food that we eat, the clothes, they are all cost! i can never imagine life without money!

Anonymous said...

i agree with what class rep said.. money is not everything but everything need money! sometimes when u don't have enough money to buy things you need, you'll feel very depressed..i grow up in a big family, financial problem is our main problem. but that's what makes me grow up feeling grateful for what i have, feeling how lucky am i to live in this country. money taught me a lot about life, though money does not really mean a lot to me.. but I'm happy if people give me lots of money. lol! ;P sometimes, with money, you can make people happy too!;P but we have to be careful, money can also make us enemy to our own friends and family.. money makes people become greedy.. life is short, so do the right thing!

~lin~

Anonymous said...

btw, another thing i would like to share,a quote or hadith, i don't really remember,
"Work As If You Gonna Live Forever And Pray As If You Gonna Die Tomorrow..."
thus, it shows that money is important, but we have to use it wisely, then we get two benefits, in the world and the hereafter.. if you use it the wrong way, then, to #ell you go.. am i right? haha..
~lin~

fatin said...

Money? J'aime money! who doesn't?
but if money can buy happiness and true love, i'll do everything to have it! too bad it doesn't...

Nadzirah said...

Money is not everything in life but it is very essential to live the life~ (*-*)v

akmal liyana said...

For me, money is not everything..But, as we still breathing in this world, i think it is not wrong to say that everything needs money!

siti zakiah said...

money do not means to everything..but "something" will need money.

if we use money for beneficial usage, it's ok..but if we misuse the money (wealth), we'll face disaster, and that is too dangerous..!
money also cant be used to pay love. even wealthy parents can't give truly happiness to their children if they just use money.. =)

Naj said...

Yes, money is not everything but with money we can do many good things as well as bad things. But, for me, i take it in a positive way. I believe money can promote betterment in my life. With money i can buy my own laptop to do my work and assignments faster and easier without relying on other people. But i hope we are all striving for good things. The good things might be sadaqah and etc.

Besides, if poor people is forever to be in their condition (not aiming for more)when are they going to improved? Yes, Islam promotes zuhud and encourages us to look for akhirah but Allah never command us to neglect the world... And world means money.

Even in the doa that we used to say after the prayer also means, "Oh my Lord, grant me success in the life on earth and the hereafter..." ***I'm not sure about the real transation but that's what i understand. Forgive me if i'm wrong:)***
That means, u can look for money so that it can bring happiness, honour and power for you in life on earth. However, you must not be blinded by the money and neglect the hereafter.

So, for me... money means a lot to me. With money, I can improve my family’s way of life, I can buy many things that I always wanted (bags,shoes,books,clothes,camera,handphone,laptop and many others) and also I can do some charity to people. However, I strongly agree that money is not everything because money can’t buy the two most important things for muslims such as me which are love and iman. Without love u will not taste true happiness and without iman you will not feel the Greatness of Allah and without both of them your heart will be filled with emptiness.
Najma Tasnim

Nabila said...

money is everything! you can buy almost anything in this world. But there are certain things that money cant buy; which are the mystery of love, feelings and the strong family bond..

Ema's Amazing Blog said...

rozaima said..

Money means power and it is very important in nowadays...
Mdm yati,what do you think.. which one is important to you..LOVE or MONEY ???heee :)

Ema's Amazing Blog said...

ROZAIMA SAID..

Money means Power... :)

Ema's Amazing Blog said...

rozaima said..

MONEY means POWERRR!!!

Ramlah binti Mohamed Ibarahim said...

For me money means my mum and dad hardwork. They gain money for the sake of their family. This have nothing to do with the amount of money the child received but the amount of love that their parents potrayed by providing for them.

Its true that for some money can be preceived as drug. As they can't live without it. However for me i can't live without my family. Having lot of money is nothing if you don,t have anyone beside you to share it with....

class rep said...

money is not really a power. those who takes money as power is actually controlled by money. in other words, money will say, "people is power to me". they use us to do many things including corruption and destruction. world has proven that because of money we kill each other and sell our pride as human beings. so i think the real power is our mind which can control and manage money.

Nor Shuhadah said...

money..money..money...
emmm...when we talk about money, people will do anything to get it.Some people dare to kill their parents or to be a thief just to get money.This shows that money is very important in life.sometimes even entering toilet requires us to pay 20 cent!!hahaha
emmm
money..money..money...
*money is not everything but everything need money*

Amalina M.S said...

i thought i have posted my comment.. never mind.. the topic is getting hot.. some of my friends thought that money is the most important thing in their life.. but for me, money is important..but to be grateful for what you have is more important.. by doing that, when you are in difficulties, when you face financial problems, you learn to accept and try to improve yourself.. i don't know whether you agree with me or not.. to be frank, i love money!! XD just don't indulge yourself in finding money too much, or you'll lose your happiness in this world. strive for the world, and strive for the hereafter..

sayhida mohd nor said...

Money, money and money. Everything needs money. But, can money buy a mother’s love? Can money buy a sprinkle of love? For sure it can’t. But then, without money can we have a good education. For sure we also can’t. So, money is not everything but it is a something. It is not everything to give a beautiful and lovely in life, but it is a something to fulfill our life.

Anonymous said...

Money is truly important. Although some may say that money can buy love and happiness...,but will it last for eternity? Will it be the same as the feelings that came from the bottom of your heart? think about it.

Afiq said...

all is true...
the money makes d world goes around..
even this topic revolves around money..
business matter, money..
family matter, money..
love matter, money..
marriage, money..
school, money..
kids, money..
all money..

what need to be reminded is how we get it and how we use it...
if u get it the right wrong way, no matter what good deeds u used it for, it's useless...

if u get the money the right way but use it wrongly, still useless...

find money to satisfy the needs but be moderate for the desire...

without wax,
afiq

Lyanna said...

I'm totally agree with what Ramlah said earlier.
Talking about money makes me remember my mom and dad.
"Ayah", from the first day I know about him-- he was like working every single day. Even in holidays it seems like he is working.
"Mama", from the first day I know about her--she was like trying very hard with the household, figuring out ways to save money every single day for her children. "Ika, Hafiz, Adin, Cai, Nas, Hajar and Amir" all my other siblings that worth more than anything in this world.
"Money", I don't know what it meant until the first day I went to work in a factory in my neighbourhood. I even cry by the end of the day while massaging my own aching body and I say to myself "Is this what my father been through for all these years to earn a single penny?". "Is this why my mother trying so hard to buy something although it is just less a penny for the same thing?". Money means everything to me because my father and my mother is everything to me. hehe

Niza Umar said...

Errmm am I allowed to comment here?

1,2,3,4 .. I take that as a yes. hehe

Money. Having it is like living life. When you were small you need only a few. I used to have 50 cents in hand and it would made felt a millionaire. Those were the days.

As you grow older, your wants became your need, expenses increases and so on.

However, when you reached a point, where money is important but there is more to life than just it. That is when you have reached to the top of the Maslow pyramid.

Don't have to be a billioanaire but you would feel it - as life is what you make out of it :)

Cheers Mate. Hope you get a new car.

Rahma Fitri said...

well, it is true we can not live our life without money. but, the most important thing is the MANAGEMENT of money. as we see, this world are going to which direction is somehow depend on the money MANAGEMENT. you can get surplus because of money,,, but the recession in this crazy world, economy crisis and bla-bla-bla is also due to a mismanagement of money.

diana wahid said...

I agree with everyone. Money is very important, isn't it?

Money is something that is very difficult to earn but very easy to spend. If someone gave me RM5000 and asked me to spend on it, I guess I could finish it off in just 1 day (^_^). So, appreciate your parents effort to raise you up (thanks Ramlah for sharing that idea).

Intan said...

those who ever think that money is not everything means they never experience life without money! Money runs like water nowadays.No money, no talk.
even love without money can be depressing!

Anonymous said...

Living in a big city with high living cost and surrounded by materialistic people, always remind me the importance of money.

Like most people claimed: Money is not everything, but everything is money.

But for me, money will become more significant if you can share it with your loved ones- family & friends

In conclusion, you can still be happy if you have less money, but if you have more money- you will become HAPPIER :D

Anonymous said...

Living in a big city with high living cost and surrounded by materialistic people, always remind me the importance of money.

Like most people claimed: Money is not everything, but everything is money.

But for me, money will become more significant if you can share it with your loved ones- family & friends

In conclusion, you can still be happy if you have less money, but if you have more money- you will become HAPPIER :D

Ff said...

Living in a big city with high living cost and surrounded by materialistic people, always remind me the importance of money.

Like most people claimed: Money is not everything, but everything is money.

But for me, money will become more significant if you can share it with your loved ones- family & friends

In conclusion, you can still be happy if you have less money, but if you have more money- you will become HAPPIER :D

Anonymous said...

salam, for me, money is important in our life because we can make the charities. we can give the donations to the poor people or earthquake & flood victims. next, our parent give the money to ensure we can further our study and we should use it at the right place. when we use the money to help the poor people, Allah Taala will give the best rewards to us.

nur hanisah said...

nisa-

M.O.N.E.Y

“Money is like a sixth sense - and you can't make use of the other five without it”


“MONEY is only a tool. It will take you wherever you WISH, but it will not replace you as the DRIVER.”


“It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.”

when u have money,dont forget to be grateful..

sya said...

money is SOMETHING..not ANything..
we need money nowadays..no money, no food..no money,no house..no money, no transport..

before this,i always think i want to improve my life..i want to be rich woman..haha..but then, i realized, if we study because of money, we just get the money..but if we study and want to improve our life because of Allah..insyallah, we get HIs blessing in whatever we do..
money is something but blessing from Allah is everything..

Anonymous said...

mmmm......
like afiq said..
what makes world goes around??? money...
it is one of the most important elements in our life after love and family...
money is required to MAINTAIN the LOVE... am i right?? hehehe... try to think about it.... PEACE..
-firdaus EOP sec 32-

nasihin seth said...

Salam, madam..

for me, it's a lie, we just need money, without love.. and, what is love without money.. everything needs money in this era.. love is something money can't buy. but u are just a loner millionaire without love. i think, money and love are both essential in our life.. we'll struggle to gain both. so once i got them, i'll appreciate them


-nasihin seth, sect 32-

Anonymous said...

money is really important nowadays..everything involves money..even education requires money..for example this private tution..my friend took 5 of that..and it cost him about RM1500 a month..that is a lot of money..not everyone can do that..nowadays there is no such thing as a free education..its hard for those who not have so much money...so..for me..money is really important in today's life.

Alif

Anonymous said...

assalamualaikum.......
how are u mdm.....
money,money,money,money
yes...it's true that we can't take our money till we death.......
but,money is important to us....
how we can enter a school without money....how we can have a house without money....how,how,how?????
we must find money to earn our life...
in this new era,
all of us really,really,really
needs money,
if we has the money machine in our house..............................
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,
how wonderful our life,
don't have to think about money..
thinking about where we can find money also make someones life miserable.....
when i see the advertisement about house seling,
i saw the price of the house is rm500 000 and above....
gulp....
it make me think......
how can i buy a house if i can't find a good job!!!
cause better job so better salary..
hahaha:o
thanks for allow me to give my comment...

from
Fatimah Zahraa Mohd Yusoff
to
Mdm Norhayati Mohd Rasip

:):):):)

Anonymous said...

(^_^) f0r me, in this current era m0ney is really imp0rtant especially in daily lives.. 0ne with0ut m0ney will never survive.. s0metimes, 0ne even said that m0ney w0uld be the first thing instead 0f l0ve.. f0r the past 0nce, l0ve is everything and m0ney will b the sec0nd but if we can see n0wadays, it isn't.. try t0 ask neself h0w w0uld y0u survive a family with0ut m0ney??

Anonymous said...

for me, it is a lie when i said that money is not important to sustain our lives...
we have to manage the money with the controlled of our brain
we also have to make sure from where that the money come from..
lastly, we'll say that all the wealth is belong to ALLAH... Alhamdulillah, by your blessing, I'm still able to use the money for the sake of myself and others (help the needy, your need)
we need to be rich because to be too poor will also lead to the destruction (being a thief, prostitute, etc...na'uzubillah)
we should be rich in term of having money as well as good akhlak

0715900 said...

dearest madam,
According to Phang Cheng Kar (2001),

Money can buy HOUSE but not HOME
Money can buy BED but not SLEEP
Money can buy CLOCK but not TIME
Money can buy BOOK but not KNOWLEDGE
Money can buy FOOD but not APPETITE
Money can buy POSITION but not RESPECT
Money can buy BLOOD but not LIFE
Money can buy MEDICINE but not HEALTH
Money can buy SEX but not LOVE
Money can buy INSURANCE but not SAFETY (p. 87)

Anonymous said...

"money is an emotional subject, which affects people's live even though they think it shouldn't"

sophie kinsella :)

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