5 Most Important Rules To Halal Savings For Your Retirement in Singapore…

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

Investment

One of my favourite topics is on retirement planning.
Recently, a lot of people came to me asking for tips, strategies on how they can save money for their retirement.
In this blog post, I will share with you,
5 Most Important Rules To Halal Savings For Your Retirement In Singapore…
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Rule #1. Start Early

This is my story.

During my early years as a financial consultant, I always advise my clients of the importance and advantages of saving money EARLY for their retirement.

Yet at times, I myself faced challenges when I wanted to save money. I came out with lots of “EXCUSES”!
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“Alah… Wait lah… Im still young. YOLO!!!!
Enjoy first. Later, when I am in my thirties, then I will start saving for my retirement.”

“Alah…. My pay is so little now. Wait when my income increases to a substantial amount, then I will start saving for my retirement.”

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Yet deep down in my heart, I know that the best time for me to start saving money for my retirement is when I step into the workforce.

This is because, at that point of time, we DO NOT have high money commitments.

We don’t have a wife to give nafkah.
We don’t have children to provide for their daily living expenses.
We don’t have a house to pay for monthly mortgages.
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The facts and figures are as clear as daylight.

If you want to retire comfortably in the future.
No shortcuts!

Start saving money for your retirement as EARLY AS POSSIBLE! 🙂

(The hill gets steeper if you choose to procrastinate and delay your savings for your retirement)

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Rule #2. Follow A Proven System and Personalize It

 

As you know, I struggled to save money during my early 20s.

Yes. I had my savings account. (I opened one at that point of time because I knew the importance of saving money for rainy days. In Malay, we call it, ‘Sediakan payung sebelum hujan’)

Yet. My SAVINGS account is more like a TRANSIT account.

The money rarely stayed at one place.
It moved around.
And it seldom remained in the account.

How many of you are like that?

Man… The feeling was bitter.
Every 13th of the month, at 12am, my salary would be credited.
By 11pm, the same day, 3/4 of my salary was gone to pay bills.

I told myself back then.
“I want to be a MONEY MAGNET!
Not a MONEY REPELLENT!”

So what did I do?

I read books.
I found mentors. (Paid lots of $$$ to learn from them)
I followed proven systems that many successful people had followed.

You know some of those concepts.
Concepts like,

‘Save First and then Spend’,
‘Forced Savings’
‘Identify and Differentiate Between Your Needs and Your Wants’,
‘Invest in Equities, Bonds, Commodities, REITS, Properties, ETFs’
‘Robert Kiyosaki ESBI’ model

Coupled with my 3 year knowledge Diploma In Accountancy from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, I began to develop the right mix.
The right recipe. The right formulas.

It’s a bit like cooking Sambal Udang.


(picture from resepinannie.blogspot.com)
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You need to find the right balance.
The right amount of cili kering (dried chillies).
Tamarind.
Salt. Sugar. Prawns.
Everything in the right proportion.

And….

My small, little advice.

If you have found a recipe and a system that works well for you…

Don’t have ‘itchy fingers’.

Stick with it. Follow the system closely.

Repeat the process again. Again. And all over again.
Till you reach your retirement objective.

It is that simple.

Simple yet sometimes, difficult to follow.
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Yes. If you have been trying to save money, and failed numerous times.

Let me tell you 1 thing.

It is not your fault.

We are human beings. We have our own DNA.
We have our strengths. And we have our limitations.

So the key here is for you to personalise your plan.

This is HOW I PERSONALISED my retirement plan.

As a Muslim, I know that Allah S.W.T. determines my rezeki.

Everything that I do, can only happen with Allah’s will.
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Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Mawla (protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.)

Quran (Surah Tawba, Verse 51)
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Thus I made a decision, that whatever financial strategy that I am going to do.
I am going to do it the shariah compliant way. The Halal way in Singapore.

Because at the end of the day, its not all about strategies. Its about baraqah.
Its about seeking redha from Allah S.W.T.

I made up my mind.
I made a commitment.

I set myself to pursue knowledge to COMBINE the best financial planning practices in the conventional world and the Islamic Finance world.

Below are some concepts that I have innovated. If you want to learn more, click here for a free consultation session. 🙂

 

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Rule #3. Consistent

One of the most important rule when it comes to savings for your retirement the Halal way in Singapore is that you must be CONSISTENT.

In Arabic, we call it Istiqamah.

I remember the story of “Rabbit and Tortoise”, that my teacher shared with me when I was in primary school.

You know the OVERCONFIDENT rabbit that lost the race to the tortoise.
The overconfident rabbit slept halfway, thinking he was fast.
He was quick. He was agile.
The slow tortoise will lose to him.
But lo and behold, the slow tortoise won the race because the slow tortoise was CONSISTENT.
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What I learnt from this story is that you can be the best financial wizard in the world.

You can have the best retirement strategies in place.

Yet, if you are not CONSISTENT in applying them.

Having enough money for your retirement will remain a far-fetched dream.
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I realise that a lot of people, treat money-saving habits like “hangat hangat tahi ayam.”

At first they get excited with the idea of retirement planning. But when they realize that it requires work, they feel let down.

Every other day, I have strangers asking my opinions on the latest get rich quick schemes.
Some asked for my opinion. Some asked for my endorsement.

 

 

(Something like this)
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I disappointed them by telling them in the face that there is no elevator to success.
You have to climb up the stairs.

I am a firm believer of ” Man jadda wajada, wa man zara’a hasada, wa man yajtahid yanjah ”
Man jadda wajada, Siapa berusaha, dia dapat.

Man zara’a hasada means “sesiapa yang bercucuk tanam (Inshallah) akan menuai hasilnya.”

Man yajtahid yanjah means “sesiapa yang berusaha (Inshallah) akan beroleh kejayaan.”

and when it comes to savings for retirement. You have to CONSISTENTLY set aside a monthly amount for your retirement. Don’t touch that money. Don’t stop.

Because once you stop, you lose your momentum. And it will be difficult for you to start again.

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Rule #4. Be Flexible. Adjust

Along the way, we may face challenges.

Things don’t go as planned.

I always share with my clients. You draw a straight line on a piece of paper.

It may look straight in your eyes.

But how confident are you that, the straight line that you draw is really straight?
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In life, you need to be flexible.

I love this quote by Confucius.

Adjust the action steps.

Work with practitioners.
People who hustle and make things happen on the ground.

They devote  their entire life perfecting their craft.
Be humble. Seek help from these people.

These people know the tricks of the trade.
And most importantly, they do it the legal way.
In short, we call them street smart.

If someone is doing better than you, its because they know something you don’t.

Be flexible. Model a proven winner. Copy someone who is making a mint right now.

If things don’t work for you, don’t shift your goals. Adjust.

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Rule #5. Don’t Give Up

We are lucky to be Muslims.

Because as Muslims, we believe in Allah S.W.T.

Whenever we face problems and challenges.
Don’t place everything on our shoulders.

Remember what Allah S.W.T says

Innamalyusriyurah…

Setiap kesusahan, pasti ada kesenangan.

(Behind every difficulty is a blessing.)
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As Muslims, our 6th pillars of Iman is Qada and Qadar.

My mentor always reminds me of Qada and Qadar.

Qada is ketentuan from Allah S.W.T.
Sunatullah that Allah S.W.T. has set.
Example, for rainy days, one of the signs is that the sky turns dark. Cloudy.
And rain falls from the sky. Not from the surface of the earth.
If rain falls, we cannot stop that.

However, we can AVOID ourselves from GETTING WET.
HOW?
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By opening an umbrella. Open and walk under that umbrella!

That Umbrella is Qadar. Which is our effort.
We cannot stop the rain (Qada) yet we can avoid getting wet by using an umbrella (Qadar).

Don’ be disheartened when you stumble and fall down while working towards your financial objectives.
Dust yourself up, stand and continue working towards your goals.

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Now… I hope you have benefited from my sharing on 5 Most Important Rules To Halal Savings For Your Retirement in Singapore.

If you are seeking a mentor, coach, consultant to share with you practical aspects on how you can protect your wealth using Halal Insurance in Singapore
OR
save, accumulate and grow your money the shariah compliant way in Singapore
, I am always ready to help you.

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