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Chapter 12. Accepting Usurious Gain

Allah, the Almighty, says,

O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubled and multiplied; but fear Allah; that ye may (really) prosper. (AI-Imran: 130)

The Quran also states,

Those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one whom the Satan by his touch hath driven to madness that is because they say, 'trade is like usury, " but Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury. (AI-Baqarah: 275)

On the Day of Judgement they will be resurrected from their graves swerving like he who is seized by Satan owing to what they devoured of usury that grew in their stomachs to such an extent that they would hardly be able to move. Whenever they move they fall and cannot hasten their steps like all other people.

Qatada said, "On the Day of Judgement the usurer will be resurrected mad. Thus, all the people in the assembly will be able to identify them easily."

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"When I was transported from the Sacred House (of Mecca) to the farthest Mosque (of Jerusalem), I passed by some people whose bellies were protruding forward. Their bellies were as huge as houses, stretching along the way of Pharaoh's people. On the other hand, the Pharaoh's people have to be brought in front of Fire at morning and evening. Like defeated camels, deaf and mad, the people of Pharaoh used to pass by them. Feeling them coming, they attempted to keep aside but their bellies were so heavy that they could not leave and they in turn, were trodden by them. This is re-occurred in their coming and going every day. That is their lot of torture in the period of the Barrier (AI-Barzakh) up to the Last day. The Prophet asked, "Who are they, Gabriel?" He replied, "They are those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one whom the Satan, by his touch, hath driven to madness.” [Al-Baihaqi]

It was related that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"When I was taken tip in the Ascent (Mi'raj), I heard thunder and blasts in the seventh heaven. Then, I saw some men whose bellies were as big as houses protruding forward, in which there were serpents and scorpions seen from beneath their bellies. I then, asked, 'Who are they, Gabriel?' He said, 'They are those who devour usury.” [Ibn Majah]

Abdur-Rahman Ibn Abdullah Ibn Masud said,

"When usury and fornication appear in a community, the people of that community render themselves deserving of the punishment of Allah.” [Al-Hakim]

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"Whenever usury appears in a community, there will be madness. Whenever fornication appears in a community, there will be death. Whenever fraud in measure and weight appears in a community, there will be deprivation of rain.” [Numerous]

"The usurer suffers the torture from death up to the Day of Judgement by swimming in the Red River which is like blood and he is fed while swimmingly stones.”

The stones represent the unlawful wealth he has collected in the world. He is also fed by stones (It was narrated before.) of fire like what he has swallowed of unlawful wealth in the world. This is his lot of torture in the period of Barrier before the Day of Judgement in addition to the curse of Allah.

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"Four classes of people will be prevented from entering Paradise nor will they taste its blessing as Allah decreed: the intoxicant, the usurer, the one who appropriates the orphan's property without a lawful cause and the one who was disobedient to his parents if they did not repent all.” [Hakim]

It was narrated that the usurers will be resurrected in the form of dogs and pigs since they contrived for devouring usury like the people of Sabath who contrived for hunting fish by making basins in which the fish were trapped on Saturday and then were collected on Sunday. Therefore, they were turned into monkeys and pigs. Similarly, this will be the abode of those who contrive for devouring usury. However, Allah knows all what they contrive. Abu Ayub As-Sakhtiani says.” Behold! They deceive in the same manner when deceiving a child."

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"Usury has seventy two doors, the least of them is compatible with committing adultery with one's mother. The most heinous kind of usury is to transgress by defaming one's brother.” [Al-Haitami in Majma al-Zawaid]

Anas related, "The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) preached us and expounded the question of usury by saying,

"One Dirham gained by usury is more heinous than thirty six times of adultery at the sight of Allah.” [Reported by Ibn Abi Dunya]

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"Usury is of seventy sins, the least of which is compatible with committing adultery with one's mother.”

Abu Bakr said, "He who takes the interest and the giver are in the Hell-Fire alike."

Ibn Masud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "When indebting someone, you should not accept his gift since it is usury." Moreover, AI-Hasan, may Allah be pleased with him, regarded what you ate in your indebted house as Suht (taking of usury or bribes.)

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"When a loan renders an interest it is subsumed under usury.” [Ibn Hajar

Ibn Mas'ud also said, "Whoever intercedes for someone, and then is offered a gift, it is considered Suht."

This is indicated in the following hadith:

"Whoever intercedes' (for someone) and is then offered a gift, then he approaches a grievous door of usury.” [Abu Dawud and Ahmad]

We ask Allah's pardon and soundness in the religion, the world and the Hereafter.


Chapter 1

Ascribing Associates To Allah, the Most High (Shirk)

Chapter 2

Killing A Human Being

Chapter 3


Chapter 4

Not Performing The Prayer

Chapter 5

Not Paying Zakat

Chapter 6

Breaking One's Fast During Ramadan Without An Excuse

Chapter 7

Not Performing the Hajj when Able to

Chapter 8

Showing Disrespect to One's Parents

Chapter 9

Severing the Ties of One's Relatives

Chapter 10


Chapter 11


Chapter 12

Accepting Usurious Gain

Chapter 13

Wrong Consuming An Orphan's Property

Chapter 14

Lying About The Prophet

Chapter 15

Fleeing From The Battlefield

Chapter 16

The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, The Tyrant And The Oppressor

Chapter 17

Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

Chapter 18

Bearing False Witness

Chapter 19

Drinking Alcohol

Chapter 20

Gambling (qimar)

Chapter 21

Accusing A Woman Of Adultery

Chapter 22

Misappropriating Spoils Of War, Muslim Funds Or Zakat

Chapter 23


Chapter 24

Highwaymen Who Menace The Road

Chapter 25

The Engulfing Oath

Chapter 26

Taking People's Property Through Falsehood

Chapter 27

Collecting Taxes

Chapter 28

The Consumption of Haram

Chapter 29


Chapter 30

Telling Lies

Chapter 31

The Dishonest Judge

Chapter 32


Chapter 33

Women Imitating Men And Vice Versa

Chapter 34

The Pimp and the one Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate

Chapter 35

Marrying Solely To Return To The Previous Husband

Chapter 36

Not Freeing Oneself Of All Traces Of Urine

Chapter 37

Showing Off In Good Work

Chapter 38

Learning Sacred Knowledge For The Sake Of This World, Or Concealing It

Chapter 39

Breach of Trust

Chapter 40

Reminding Recipients of Ones Charity To Them

Chapter 41

Disbelieving In Destiny (qadar)

Chapter 42

Listening To People's Private Conversations

Chapter 43

The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity Between People

Chapter 44

Cursing Others

Chapter 45

Breaking Promises or Pledges

Chapter 46

Believing Fortune Tellers And Astrologers

Chapter 47

Wife Rebelling Against Her Husband

Chapter 48

Picture Making