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19 May 2019 CE | 15 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Scissors of Love

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to invoke Allah in prayer saying: “Allahumma inni a'udhu bika min adhabil-qabri, wa a'udhu bika min fitnatil-masihid-dajjal, wa a'udhu bika min fitnatil-mahya wa fitnatil-mamati. Allahumma inni a'udhu bika minal-ma thami wal-maghrami. (O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the afflictions of Masih Ad-Dajjal and from the afflictions of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from sins and from being in debt).” Somebody said to him, “Why do you so frequently seek refuge with Allah from being in debt?” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “A person in debt tells lies whenever he speaks, and breaks promises whenever he makes (them).” [Sahih Bukhari]

Those who get in the habit of living beyond their means, on credit, end up living with humiliation and disgrace. When a loan is taken, it has to be repaid. Not being able to repay it compels a man to make promises he knows he can’t keep and tell lies to justify not paying back the creditor. A loan strains relationships and acts as a sure scissor to cut the ties of love. In the case of insistent or harsh creditors, a person’s whole life can become deranged because of his debt.

Thus, where the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) sought refuge from such great trials as that of Dajjal, from the outcome of one’s sins, and from the afflictions of life and death, he also sought refuge from ever being in debt.

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