Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Earning a Halaal Livelihood and Refraining from Being Nourished with Haraam

Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1435 Programmes



Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: He who seeks the Dunya in a lawful way, refraining from begging, striving for his family and being kind towards his neighbours, will meet Allah Ta’ala on the Day of Resurrection with his face shining like the full moon. And he who seeks worldly things, in a lawful way, boasting,  seeking abundance, showing off, will meet Allah such that Allah will be very angry with him. (Baihaqi)


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “An honest and sincere trader will be raised with the Messengers, the Siddiqeen and the Shuhada.” (Tirmidhi)


Hazrat Abu Huraira Radiyallahu Anhu said that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam once came upon a heap of grain, and when he put his hand into it, his fingers felt some dampness, so he asked the owner of the grain how that came about. On being told that rain had fallen on it he said, “Why did you not put the damp part on the top of the grain so that people might see it? He who deceives has nothing to do with me.” (Muslim)


Narrated by Hazrat Hakim bin Hizam Radiyallahu Anhu : Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said; “The seller and the buyer have the right to keep or return the goods so long as they have not parted or till they part; and if both the parties spoke the truth and described the defects and qualities (of the goods), then they would be blessed in their transaction; and if they told lies or hid something, then the blessings of their transaction would be lost.” (Bukhari)


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam also cautioned the dishonest merchants when he said: “The merchants will be raised on the day of Resurrection as “Fujjaar” sinful, except the merchant who fears Allah and is pious and truthful.” (Tirmidhi)



The Prohibition of Interest ~ Riba`

Interest (Riba’) is a major sin (Haraam). It brings you no Barakah whatsoever. Outwardly it seems that you are getting an increase, but you will undoubtedly experience some loss, misery or calamity in your life. Instead of bringing society closer, it divides it. The rich become richer … the poor become poorer … Islam shows us that Riba’ (Usury) brings harm to society. Allah openly declares ‘war’ against those people who are involved in Interest …

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Hadith pertaining to Interest (Riba’)

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 3327 ~ Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud : Rasullulah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam, cursed the one who accepted usury, the one who paid it, the witness to it, and the one who recorded it.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.840 ~ Narrated by Abu Huraira : Rasullulah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” They (the people) asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What are they?” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah; to practice sorcery; to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islamic law); to eat up usury (Riba), to eat up the property of an orphan; to give one’s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting and to slander chaste innocent simple believing women.”

*Interest ~ Riba` is a loan with the condition that the borrower will return to the lender more than that he borrowed.”

Taken from a Majlis of Moulana Naeem Motala …