[a] An Amazing Story of Honesty Regarding a Noble Seller and a Noble Buyer: [b] Good Behaviour Associated With Money And Earnings

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Ibnul Jawzee [rahimahullaah] stated in Sifatus Safwah that Ash-Shabi [rahimahullaah] said, “Two men came to Shuraih [rahimahullaah], so one of them said: ‘I bought a house from this person and found ten thousand Dirham in it’. So Shuraih said to him, ‘Take it’. He [the buyer] said, ‘I only bought the house’. So he (shuraih) said to the seller, ‘You take it’. He (the seller) said: ‘Why? I sold him the house and what is in it’. He (shuraih) tried to settle the affair between them and they refused. Ziyaad came along and he (shuraih) informed him about the affair, so he said, ‘I did not think that anyone like these (two) still remains. Place a handful of the (money) in every sack in the public treasury so that it belongs to the Muslims’’’. [Ref 1]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: “The Daraahim are four [types]: The dirham that was earned in obedience to Allaah and spent in fulfilment of the rights of Allaah; this is the best of the daraahim. [2]The dirham that was earned in disobedience to Allaah and spent in disobedience to Allaah; this one is the most evil of the daraahim. The dirham that was earned by way of harming a Muslim and spent to harm a Muslim; this one is the same as (dirham number two); The dirham that was earned by way of permissible means and spent on permissible desires; this one is neither for nor against (you). This is the original affair with regards to the daraahim”. [Ref 2]

Sa’eed Ibnul Musayyib [rahimahullaah] said: “There is no good in that person who does not want to earn money lawfully- money that will suffice him, [help him] maintain the ties of kinship [i.e. by spending on relatives] and give from it what is obligated on him [i.e Zakaat and other obligatory spending]”. [Ref 3]

[Ref 1: Sifatus Safwah: (page: 345)]; [Ref 2: Source: Al-Fawaa-id: page: 247]; [Ref 3: Islaahul Maal. By Ibn Abee Dunyaa(rahimahullaah). Page 53]


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