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Barakah in Trade (Hadith No. 1833)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 338 :
Narrated by Al-Miqdam bin Ma’diyakrib (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Measure your foodstuff and you will be blessed.”

It’s a very simple rule. No matter how much you’re tempted to make some extra money by fooling someone or giving the wrong measure, don’t do it. If you do, blessing (barakah) will be taken away from you. So even if you made a million dollars by being dishonest, you won’t find blessing in that wealth.

Honesty is the best policy. (y)

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No Cheating! (Hadith No. 1823)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 1815 – 1822 are repeats. Read the post here.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 320 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “The buyer and the seller have the option to cancel or confirm the bargain before they separate from each other or if the sale is optional.” Nafi said, “Ibn ‘Umar used to separate quickly from the seller if he had bought a thing which he liked.”

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 321 :
Narrated by Haklm bin Hizam (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming the deal unless they separate.”

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 322 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “The seller and the buyer have the option of cancelling or confirming the deal unless they separate, or one of them says to the other, ‘Choose (i.e. decide to cancel or confirm the bargain now).” Perhaps he said, ‘Or if it is an optional sale.’ ” Ibn Umar, Shuraih, Ash-Shabi, Tawus, Ata, and Ibn Abu Mulaika agree upon this judgment.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 323 :
Narrated by Hakim bin Hizam (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “The buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming the bargain unless they separate, and if they spoke the truth and made clear the defects of the goods, them they would be blessed in their bargain, and if they told lies and hid some facts, their bargain would be deprived of Allah’s blessings.”

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 324 :
Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “Both the buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming a bargain unless they separate, or the sale is optional.” (See Hadith No.320).

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 325 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “Both the buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming the bargain, as long as they are still together, and unless they separate or one of them gives the other the option of keeping or rejecting.

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 326 :
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “No deal is settled and finalized unless the buyer and the seller separate, except if the deal is optional (whereby the validity of the bargain depends on the stipulations agreed upon).”

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 327 :
Narrated by Hakim bin Hizam (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamsaid, “Both the buyer and the seller have the option of cancelling or confirming the bargain unless they separate.” The sub-narrator, Hammam said, “I found this in my book: ‘Both the buyer and the seller give the option of either confirming or cancelling the bargain three times, and if they speak the truth and mention the defects, then their bargain will be blessed, and if they tell lies and conceal the defects, they might gain some financial gain but they will deprive their sale of (Allah’s) blessings.”

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 3, Book 34, Number 328 :
Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
A person came to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and told him that he was always betrayed in purchasing. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallamtold him to say at the time of buying, “No cheating.”

Cheating is the getting of reward for ability by dishonest means. It is generally used for the breaking of rules to gain unfair advantage in a competitive situation. [Wikipedia]

Cheating is forbidden in Islam; regardless of the situation. Be it an ordinary situation like a small test at school or a huge business deal, it’s forbidden. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said:

“Whoever bears arms against us is not one of us, and whoever cheats us is not one of us.” (Saheeh Muslim)

More on cheating here.

The hadith under discussion says that a person should remind the seller at the time of purchase to not cheat. This is significant. Right when a person is about to commit a sin, a reminder can still benefit them. You can still help them avoid the bad deed. Never think it’s too late.

“And remind, for verily a reminder benefits the believer.”(51:55)

Hadith No. 32 – Sahih al-Bukhari

Salam,

Bismillah.

Imaan is Faith. Certainty. ‘Yaqeen’. It has an opposite: ‘Raeeb’, doubt. It leads to the worst of characteristics: hypocrisy. Ibn Kathir says:

Nifaq (hypocrisy) means to show conformity – or agreement – and to conceal evil. Nifaq has several types: Nifaq in the creed that causes its people to reside in Hell for eternity, and Nifaq in deed, which is one of the major sins. Ibn Jurayj said of the hypocrite that, “His actual deeds are different from what he publicizes, what he conceals is different from what he utters, his entrance and presence are not the same as his exit and absence.”

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 32 :

Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three:

1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.

2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ).

3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)”

Why is hypocrisy the worst of characteristics?

Give to the hypocrites the tidings that there is for them a painful torment. 
(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #138)

And:

Verily, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth (grade) of the Fire; no helper will you find for them. 
(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #145)

The important thing to do is to check ourselves. These three characteristics shouldn’t be in us because we BELIEVE: lying, breaking promises, dishonesty.

May Allah give us strength in our Imaan. Ameen.

Wassalam.

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