The Cattle (2) -
In the name of
Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
"Believers! Whenever you contract a debt
from one another for a known term, commit it to writing. Let a
scribe write it down between you justly, and the scribe may not
refuse to write it down according to what Allah has taught him;
so let him write, and let the debtor dictate; and let him fear
Allah, his Lord, and curtail no part of it..."
Borrow only if necessary
Your Intentions Straight!
A scholar of Islam
once said, "Whoever borrows with pure intention, God will pay
for him; and whoever borrows with the intention of being
extravagant and wasteful, God will ruin him."
Nowadays, it is very
easy for individuals and nations to fall into debt. The
availability and widespread use of credit cards make it very
easy for people to run up large shopping bills and debts.
Instead of being a
facility, credit cards have become a source of burden and a
millstone for many people. Resulting debts have created
mental strain and worry, and also family and social tension.
Borrow for a Fixed
Time Period & Record It
and relatives borrow from one another it is generally
considered unseemly either to commit these loans to writing, or
to have them attested by witnesses. Such an act is considered a
sign of distrust.
However, God enjoins that whenever loans
or business transactions take place, their conditions should be
recorded in black and white and should be attested by witnesses
so that there remains no ground for misunderstanding or dispute.
In times such as ours, when every action,
whether at personal, social, political, or economic level is
recorded and computerized, we may be able to appreciate the
practicality, wisdom, and sophistication of the commandments of
Allah and the Prophet (peace be upon him), given to us as a
blessing, over 1400 years ago! Subhan-Allah.
Three Kinds of People whose Du'a will not
[compiled from "Islam - The Natural Way" by
Abdul Wahid Hamid, p. 67 and
"Towards Understanding the Qur'an", by Sayyid
Abul A'la Mawdudi, Vol. I]