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Chapter 4. Whoever Shows Leniency Towards Someone In Difficultly, Allah Will Show Him Leniency In This Life And The Hereafter

This is also evident that such difficulties will occur in the hereafter. Allah clearly described the Day of Resurrection as being a difficult day and that it is anything but easy for the disbelievers. This may also be understood that He may make it easy upon other than them. He says:


“And it will be upon the disbelievers a difficult Day.” [Surah al-Furqaan, 25:26]


As for showing leniency with someone in this life with difficulties such as financial problems, this usually occurs in two ways: either by allowing someone more time until it is easier for them (to repay a debt, for example), and this is an obligation as Allah says:


 “And if someone (debtor) is in difficulty, then (let there be a) postponementuntil (a time of) ease.” [Surah al-Baqarah, 2:280]


Other times, it may occur by a debtor completely foregoing a debt owed to him, or by giving him any assistance that would relieve his financial stress. Both of these actions are greatly virtuous.


In “Sahih al-Bukhari” and “Sahih Muslim,” Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet said:


There used to be a merchant who used to give loans to people. When he would see someone in difficulty, he would say to his boy, “Give them time and pardon them so that perhaps Allah will pardon us.” So Allah pardoned him.


They also both collected a Hadith from Hudhaifah  and Abu Masood al-Ansari who said they heard the Prophet saying:


A man died and he was asked, “What did you used to do?” He replied, “I used to do business with people and I would be lenient and give time to the rich (to pay a price or debt) and I would lessen (the price or debt) for the poor.” So he was forgiven.


And in Muslim’s version:


A man died and entered Paradise. So he was asked, “What did you use to do?” He replied, “I used to do business with people and I used to give time for the one in difficulty and I would be lenient with regards to matters of money.” So he was forgiven.


Abu Masood also narrated that the Prophet said:


A man before you was taken to account and nothing of good (deeds) was found with him except that he used to mix with the people. He was a wealthy man and used to instruct his boy to be lenient with and pardon the person in (financial) difficulty. Allah said, “We are more worthy of that than he is, so pardon him.”


Abu Qatadah also narrated that the Prophet said:


“Whoever would be pleased that Allah saves him from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection, let him be lenient with someone in difficulty or forego (a debt) for him.”


The Prophet  also said:


"Whoever gives time (to pay) to someone in a difficult situation or foregoes (his debt) and pardons him, Allah will shade him under His shade.”