11th way of increasing your earnings

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Being Honest in One’s Dealings

Another way to increase your wealth is by being honest and truthful in your dealings and transactions with other people. When a person is God fearing and strives to be honest and fair in his transactions when earning his wealth Allah will bless him in his transactions and cause them to be successful and fruitful. On the other hand, when a person is not God fearing, dishonest and doesn’t care about obeying Allah when earning his wealth, Allah then removes all His blessings from his transactions and the person ends up losing in this world and the Hereafter.

The Prophet (SAW) said “The two parties of a transaction have the right to annul the contract as long as they do not separate from each other. So if they were truthful to one another, and honest in explaining the defects of an item, then they will be blessed in their transaction, but if they lied and hid the defects of an item, then the blessings of their transaction are destroyed!” Reported by Muslim (#3836)

So if both parties were deceitful there is no doubt the blessings in the transaction is destroyed, however what if one was deceitful and the other truthful?

Al-Hafiz ibn Hajr said in response to this:
” It is possible that the hadith is taken on it’s apparent meaning, and that the evil effects of lying fall upon the transaction even though one of  them was truthful, so both will be rewarded upon their deed, one will be rewarded for being truthful and the one that lied will get the sin. It is also possible that this hadith is specific to the one that cheated and not the one who was honest, and this opinion was the one that Ibn Abi Jamrah agreed with.” Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi,(4/375).

So it is important to be honest when dealing with one another in business transactions because this is the source of blessings. It is the honesty and sincerity in ones dealings with each other that insures Allah’s help for them, their partners and their business altogether guaranteeing a profit for them.

And Allah knows best!

From “15 ways of increasing your earnings. From the Quran and Sunnah” by Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi.  Publishing and distribution by Al-Hidayah.

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