Allâh has permitted trading and forbidden Ribâ.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Allâh has permitted trading and forbidden Ribâ

|Just Short admonisher|


Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

[002.275] Those who eat Ribâ will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: "Trading is only like Ribâ," whereas Allâh has permitted trading and forbidden Ribâ. So, whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating Ribâ, shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allâh (to judge); but whoever returns (to Ribâ), such are the dwellers of the Fire – they will abide therein forever.

[002.276] Allâh will destroy Ribâ and will give increase for Sadaqât (deeds of charity, alms). And Allâh likes not the disbelievers, sinners.

[002.277] Truly, those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and perform As-Salât (the prayers), and give Zakât (obligatory charity), they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

[002.278] O you who believe! Be afraid of Allâh and give up what remains (due to you) from Ribâ (from now onward), if you are (really) believers.

[002.279] And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allâh and His Messenger [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly (by asking more than your capital sums), and you shall not be dealt with unjustly (by receiving less than your capital sums).

[002.280] And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no money), then grant him time till it is easy for him to repay; but if you remit it by way of charity, that is better for you if you did but know.

[002.281] And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allâh. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.


Narrated Abu Juhaifah that he had bought a slave whose profession was cupping and then said:

The Prophet [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] forbade taking the price of blood and the price of a dog and the earnings of a prostitute, and cursed the one who took or gave Ribâ, and the lady who tattooed others or got herself tattooed, and the picture-maker.


[Sahih Al-Bukhâri, 7/5962 (O.P.845)].

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The ruling on riba is that it is haraam according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah and scholarly consensus. It is classified as one of the major sins. 

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