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Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:
The people said: O Messenger of Allah, prices have shot up, so fix prices for us. The Noble Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam responded: “Allah is the one Who fixes prices, Who withholds, gives lavishly and provides…..” [Abu Dawud, Kitabul Ijarah]

A Muslim’s response to price increases

With the price of petrol rising yet again, our typical response is to complain. As the Hadith teaches us that Allah sets prices and that our conditions are a reflection of our deeds, the correct response of a Muslim is introspection. He should ask what deeds in both his own life and society in general are causing the displeasure of Allah. How can an improvement be made? We should also ask ourselves about our lifestyle. Would Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam in his simplicity have used a vehicle to travel 2 minutes from the home to the Masjid?

 

Tips for saving petrol

After introspection we may turn our attention to means to reduce petrol consumption. Here are some tips:

  • Only fill up your vehicle in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel. When it gets warmer petrol expands. Therefore when buying in the afternoon or in the evening your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A one degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
  • When filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. When pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to the tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you get less worth for your money.
  • One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL. The more fuel the tank contains, the less air occupies its empty space. Petrol evaporates extremely fast. Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This serves as zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.
  • If there is a fuel truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT fill up. Most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

sk/2008-03-04 12:16:40

 
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