One of the most serious evil afflicting the Muslims is acquiring and consuming haraam. Consuming haraam entails making use and benefitting from things A1laah has expressly forbidden in our eating, drinking, dressing and general living. Consumption of haraam is manifested in varying forms and the following are some of them.
Interest in all forms and shapes is forbidden in strong terms by Allaah. He says: O you who believe! Be afraid of .Allaah and give up what remains(due to you) from Riba (usury) (from now onward), if you are (really) believers. And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allaah and His Messenger ..." (Q2 [Baqarah]:278-279). Then Allaah says: "O Prophet! When believing women come to you to give you the baia (pledge), that they . will not associate anything in worship With Allaah, that they will not steal, that they will not commit illegal sexual intercourse, that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander intentionally forging falsehood and that they will not disobey you in any Ma'ruf (righteousness) then accept their bay'ah i.e pledge and ask A1laah to forgive them, Verily A1laah,s Oft-forgving, Most Merciful. (Q60[Mumtahmah]:12).
Usurpation of Wealth
This involves seizing the money of others publicly, by force and without any right. Allaah warns: Then whoever changes the bequest after hearing it, the sin shall be on those who make the change. Truly, Allaah is All-Hearer All-Knower. (Q2 [Baqarah]:181) Said ibn Zayd (RA)said: "I heard the Mesenger of Allaah say: "Whoever takes even one span of the land of somebody unjustly. His neck willbe encircled with it down the seven earths (on the Day of judgment)" (Bukhari).
It is the money paid to someone who has got power or authority to influence certain decision in ones favour. Abdullah bn Amr bn Al-As (RA) said: "Allaah's messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) cursed both the one who gives a bribe and the one who takes it," (Abu Dawud).
This includes concealing the defect of a commodity and its real price, in spite of knowing them. The Messenger of Allaah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) happened to pass by a heap of eatables (corn). He thrust his hand in that (heap) and his fingers were moistened. He said to the owner of the heap of eatables (corn): What is this? These have been drenched by rainfall; he replied, He (the Prophet) remarked: "Why did you not place this (the drenched part of the heap) over other eatables so that the people could see it? He who deceives is not of us (is not my follower). (Muslim).
Devouring the Property of Orphans Unjustly
Allaah says: "Verily those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, they eat up only a fire into their bellies, and they will be burnt in the blazing Fire! (Q4[Nisaa]: 10) .
Unlawful Begging Qabisah ibn Mukhariq al-Hilal (RA)narrated: "I was in debt and I came to the Messenger of Allaah (salallahu alayhi wasallam) and begged help from him regarding it. He said: Wait till we receive Sadaqah. so that we order that to be given to you.He again said: Qabisah. begging is not permissible except for one of the three (classes) of people: one who has incurred debt, for him begging is permissible until he pays that off, after which he must stop: A man whose property has been destroyed by a calamity which has smitten him, for him begging is permissible until he receives enough sustenance, or reasonable subsistence; And a person who has been smitten by poverty, the genuineness of which is confirmed by three intelligent members of his people, for him begging is permissible till he receives that which will support him or will provide him with subsistence. Qabisah besides these three (every other reason) for begging is forbidden and one who engages in such consumes that which is forbidden."(Muslim)
Refraining from Paying Zakaah
Allaah says: "And those who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the Way of Allaah, announce unto them a painful torment. On the Day when that (Al-Kanz: money gold and silver, etc., the Zakat of which has not been paid) will be heated in the Fire of Hell and with it will be branded their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, (and it will be said unto them): This is the treasure which you hoarded for yourselves. Now taste of what you used to hoard." (Q9[Tawbah]:34-35).
Trading in Forbidden Things
This include trading in alcoholic beverages, drugs, statues, pigs, playing cards, flutes and other musical instruments. Reducing In Required Standard There are many variants of this, including failure by an employee to work for the pay he earns.
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