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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Lenient in Collecting

Hudhaifah bin al-Yaman (radi Allahu anhu) said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) say: “From the people preceding your generation, there was a man whom the angel visited to take away his soul. (After it was taken away) he was asked if he had done any good deed. He replied, ‘I do not remember any good deed.’ He was asked to think it over, and he said, ‘I cannot recall any save that I used to trade with people in the world and was lenient with them. I gave respite to the rich and forgave the poor.’ So Allah made him enter Paradise.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Another version narrated by Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) says: “A trader used to allow debts to his customers. When he found anyone hard pressed, he ordered his employees, ‘Forgive them! Perhaps Allah will forgive us (because of that).’ So Allah forgave him.” [Sahih Muslim]

This hadith teaches us to forgive and show favour. These are the attributes of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). If anyone adopts these characteristics in this world then Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will deal with him in the Hereafter with these very characteristics.

While a creditor has every right to demand his money back, it is better that he is accommodating towards his debtors. Generally businessmen are not concerned with making their profits in the Hereafter but are focused on maximizing their return in this life. However, a Muslim should never neglect the affairs of the Hereafter. Should he be benevolent towards others even in business dealings hoping for Allah’s reward, then Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has a greater right to be benevolent towards him. [“Stories from the Hadith” by Mohammad Zakariya Iqbal]

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