I don't usually like analogical proverbs. But this one is new to me. And it is a great way to think about money:
"Money is like water. A boat needs water around it to sail smoothly and safely. But the moment the water starts climbing into the ship, it starts sinking. Likewise, we need money to sail our boats of life smoothly. But if the money enters our hearts, our lives will start sinking." -Comment left by a QuranClub reader.
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