The Charitable Buyer

How often have we purchased items from vendors on the streets and sidewalks?  Some of us who do so, also have the habit of bargaining with these poor vendors.

The following Hadith is a source of guidance and inspiration on this topic:

A Profound Deed

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) had purchased a camel from me. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) paid me the price, and gave me a little extra. As I departed, he (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) called me back. I thought perhaps Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was unhappy with the camel and wanted to return it. When I went to him, he said: ‘You may keep the money and the camel.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2097 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 3626)

Morals

1. When paying our dues, it’s good to give a little extra too.

2. Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) had lots of overheads which included the expenses of his seven sisters as well. This was a way in which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) offered his support to him.

3. Let us also revive this practice, especially when we are purchasing goods from poor vendors on the sidewalks.
[on condition they are not exploiting foreign tourists!]

Instead of bargaining with such people, who are in conditions of much need, we ought to be paying the full price.

In some instances, we should pay extra with the intention of charity.

At least once in a while, pay the price, take the item and then return it without taking back the money either.

See the joy that this blessed Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) brings to their faces. In fact, the doer too feels a sense of satisfaction in this.

It could also be a means of attracting them to Islam. The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) is always an attraction to Islam…

Let us give it a try this holiday season.

22/12/2016

DO NOT HANG NOTICES SAYING “NO RETURNS ACCEPTED” NOR SAY THIS TO CUSTOMERS

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

IF A CUSTOMER RETURNS GOODS AFTER PURCHASING AND ONE TAKES THEM BACK, IT IS A MEANS OF SINS BEING FORGIVEN

Translation: It is reported from Hadhrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi-e-Kareem صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم said, “If someone takes back an item bought by a Muslim, Allaah تعالى will forgive his sins tomorrow on the Day of Qiyamah.”

BENEFIT: It happens at times that a person buys an item in haste or fervour and later wants to return it because he realizes he does not actually need the item which he bought on impulse or he needs the money for something else. Therefore, if the purchased item is in its original condition and no fault or shortcoming is attached to it, one should accept the return, for there is great reward in doing so. It is the practice of non Muslims not to accept returns on goods bought.

Therefore O traders, if the goods purchased are in a sound condition, accept the return and give the buyer back his money, for this will be a means of wiping out your sins tomorrow on the Day of Qiyamah.

DO NOT HANG NOTICES SAYING “NO RETURNS ACCEPTED” NOR SAY THIS TO CUSTOMERS

It is reported from Hadhrat Abu Shurayh رضي الله عنه that Nabi-e-Kareem صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَم said, “One who takes back something bought by his brother, Allaah تعالى will take back or forgive his sins tomorrow on the Day of Qiyamah.”
Therefore O traders and shopkeepers, do say that we do not accept any returns on goods sold to a customer nor have this written and hung in your shop, for this is not approved of in our Shariah.

BY FULFILLING THE NEEDS OF A MUSLIM BROTHER, ONE RECEIVES THE REWARD OF HAJ AND UMRAH

SALE OF LIVESTOCK TO NON-MUSLIMS

Q. Is it permissible to sell livestock to non-Muslims? Can animals be sold to non-Muslims for breeding purposes? Some Ulama say that it is permissible.
A. Livestock may not be sold to non-Muslims. They will obviously kill the animals in their haraam manner. Animals should not be sold to non-Muslims for even breeding. The ultimate objective is to kill and eat the animals.
For monetary gain, one should not be a party in the commission of zulm. Even if some molvis say that it is permissible, do not follow them. The dry legalities and technicalities should be blended with Islamic morality.
The objective of our presence on earth is to prepare for the Aakhirat and this is possible only by adorning ourselves with Islamic morality (Akhlaaq-e-Hameedah). It does not behove a Muslim to become a cog in a system which incorporates zulm. Therefore, it is not permissible to aid in this system even if one does not do so directly.