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The Ideal Muslim Businessman 41-50

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Learn the rules of trade beforehand

Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhu) said:
‘Only those who have the knowledge of [the rules of] Din may trade in our markets.’
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 487)

💡It is essential to enquire the ruling of a deal/transaction before committing to it.
Many a time one is surprised to learn of the impermissibility, after committing to the transaction. This leaves a person in the difficult position of choosing between the rule of Shari’ah & the love for wealth/profit.

🤲🏼 May Allah Ta’ala guide us all.

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The Ideal Muslim Businessman Broadcast
42
Du’a when entering a business/shopping area

Sayyiduna Buraydah (radiyallahu’anhu) says that whenever Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) entered the marketplace he would recite the following du’a:

* بسم الله, اللهم إني أسألك خير هذه السوق و خير ما فيها و أعوذبك من شرها و شر ما فيها, اللهم إني أعوذ بك أن أصيب فيها صفقة خاسرة*

Bismillah, allahuma ini as-aluka khayra hadhihis suqi wa khayra ma fiha wa a’adhubika min sharriha wa sharri ma fiha, allahuma ini a’adhubika an usiba fiha safaqatan khasiratan

Translation:
In the name of Allah. O Allah I ask from you, the good of this market place and the good that is in it. I seek refuge in you from its evil and the evil that is in it. O Allah I seek your protection from attaining a bad deal.
(‘Amalul Yawmi wal Laylah of Ibnus Sunni, Hadith: 181 and Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1 pg. 539. Also see Al-Adhkar, Hadith: 947.)

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43
Warning against speaking lies in business transactions

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Allah will not speak to nor will he look [with mercy] at the person who takes a false oath that he has been offered more for his goods than he has actually been offered.”
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2369)

💡Unfortunately lying and cheating for meagre gains of the world have become widespread.
One cannot expect Allah’s mercy even in this world with such misdemeanours.

In fact, some ‘Ulama have discouraged taking even true oaths in business deals, as in essence one is using the name of Allah for a paltry gain of the world. Allah’s name is purer and higher than that!

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44
The reward of cancelling a transaction

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“On the day of Qiyamah, Allah will cancel the mistakes and sins of the one who cancels the sale of a Muslim [who regrets purchasing the item].”

(Sunan Abi Dawud, with slight variation in the wording, Hadith: 3454, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 2199)

💡Sustenance is given & taken by Allah alone.
When faced with the above situation, one should see it as an opportunity to attain the promise mentioned in the Hadith, instead of seeing it as a case of losing out on a meagre profit.

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The Ideal Muslim Businessman Broadcast
45
The importance of trading with honesty and taqwa

Sayyiduna Rifa’ah ibn Rafi’ (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“The businessmen will be raised up sinful on the Day of Resurrection, except those who feared Allah, were honest [refrained from fraud and embezzlement] and were truthful.”
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1210)

Moral
The temptation to cheat and sin is stronger in the business place. Hence the opportunities to resist these temptations are equally ample.
Those who fear Allah will reap rewards and benefit in this world and the next.
While those who fail in that, fail miserably.

🤲🏼 May Allah Ta’ala inspire us all.

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46
The Truthful Trader will receive the shade of Allah’s Throne.

Sayyiduna Salman (radiyallahu’anhu) said: “The truthful trader will be with the seven [categories of people] who will receive the shade of the ‘Arsh of Allah on the day of Qiyamah.”
(Musannaf ‘Abdur Razzaq, Hadith: 20322)

💡 Honesty is an essential characteristic in every sphere of life and even more so in business. Without it there will be chaos in the world, as is so evident today.
With it, there is barakah (blessings) in this world and in the Hereafter.

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The Ideal Muslim Businessman Broadcast
47
A virtue of granting respite to a debtor or waiving of the debt

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
“Whoever grants respite to someone in difficulty or relieves him of his debt Allah will shade him on the Day of Qiyamah when there is no shade but His.”
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1306)

💡 Just as the creditor is encouraged to be gentle & considerate, so too is the debtor told to be honest & scrupulous.
Allah’s mercy descends upon both of them, when the teachings of Islam are upheld.

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The Ideal Muslim Businessman Broadcast
48
Importance of giving sadaqah daily

Sayyiduna Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has narrated that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: ‘Every Muslim ought to give charity daily.’

They [i.e. the Sahabah – radiyallahu ‘anhum] said: “O prophet of Allah! What about that person who doesn’t have anything [to give in charity]?”
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) answered: ‘He can work with his hand [i.e. make an earning for himself], then benefit himself and give charity.’
They asked: “If he doesn’t [manage to] do that?”
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘He should [then] assist one who is troubled by a need.’
They then asked: “And if he was incapable [of assisting one in need]?”
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Then he should enjoin good and prohibit evil.’
They said: “And if he is unable [to do that as well]?”
Nabi (sallalalhu ‘alayhi wasallam) answered: ‘Then he should refrain from evil, for indeed that will be a means of charity for him.’
(Musnad At-Tayalisi, Hadith: 497)

💡Giving sadaqah daily is very effective in keeping harm away and when seeking cure for illnesses.
Our Ameer & Founder; Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) would always encourage the family of those who were critically ill to give sadaqah daily, even if it be something small.

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The Ideal Muslim Businessman Broadcast
49
The Charitable Buyer

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) had purchased a camel from me. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) paid me the price, and gave me a little extra. As I departed, he (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) called me back. I thought perhaps Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was unhappy with the camel and wanted to return it. When I went to him, he said: ‘You may keep the money and the camel.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2097 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 3626)

Morals

1. When paying our dues, it’s good to give a little extra too.

2. Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) had lots of overheads which included the expenses of his seven sisters as well. This was a way in which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) offered his support to him.

3. Let us also revive this practice, especially when we are purchasing goods from poor vendors on the sidewalks. [on condition they are not exploiting foreign tourists!]

Instead of bargaining with such people, who are in conditions of much need, we ought to be paying the full price.

In some instances we should pay extra with the intention of charity.

At least once in a while, pay the price, take the item and then return it without taking back the money either.

See the joy that this blessed Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) brings to their faces. In fact, the doer too feels a sense of satisfaction in this. It could also be a means of attracting them to Islam. The sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is always an attraction to Islam.

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The Ideal Muslim Businessman Broadcast
50
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) cursing those who consume interest

Sayyiduna Abu Juhayfah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports:

“Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) cursed the one that tattoos and the one being tattooed, those who consume interest and make others consume interest and he also cursed those who make images.”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith; 2238)

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