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The etiquette of trade in Islam

greedy people who did not believe in Allah existed, who led wicked lives, gave short measure, praised, hid their defects?

The Holy Qur’an tells us that “Truly, in the Messenger of Allah, you have the best of examples.” “uswatul hasanah,” the finest of role models.

Here is a human being, chosen by God to reveal His completed message to mankind. Those who take the trouble to study his life will find that besides being a prophet, a military leader, a diplomat and negotiator, a legislator and a head of state, Muhammad (s) was also an honest trader, a trustworthy associate, a loving father, a loyal friend, a devoted husband, a pleasant and helpful neighbour. In short, he was just a complete human being. The most perfect human being that ever lived. What an honour it must have been, even to spend five minutes in his presence!

As the area of trade is a large body of knowledge, this article will briefly examine basic etiquettes in trade as shown through the Qur’an and implemented by the most perfect human being on earth, our Beloved Prophet (s).

The people of Madyan were Arabs who lived in the country of Ma’an, part of which today is greater Syria. They were greedy people who did not believe that Allah existed and who also led wicked lives. They gave short measure, praised their goods beyond their worth, and hid their defects. They lied to their customers, thereby cheating them.

Allah (SWT) sent His Prophet Shu’aib (PBUH) armed with many miracles. Shu’aib preached to them, begging them to be mindful of Allah’s favour and warned them of the consequences of their evil ways, but they only mocked him. They seized the belongings of Shu’aib and his followers, and then drove them out of the city. The Messenger turned to his Lord for help, and his plea was answered. Allah sent down on them scorching heat. The clouds burst hurling thunderbolts and fire which caused the earth under their feet to tremble.

A nation was destroyed by the severe punishment of Allah (SWT) for disbelieving in Him and cheating their customers, lying and deceiving their way through their trade. How much thought do we give to this? We know the story of the people of Lot (PBUH) who were punished by Allah for committing acts of homosexuality, alongside other wicked acts and we are ready to criticize and condemn such an act and right- fully so. However, we should equally condemn the acts of those Muslim businessmen, who cheat their customers and suck every bit of penny out of them. Why is there a non- balance present in the community?

Here is a human being, chosen by God to reveal His completed message to mankind. Those who take the trouble to study his life will find that besides being a prophet, a military leader, a diplomat and negotiator, a legislator and a head of state, Muhammad (s) was also an honest trader, a trustworthy associate, a loving father, a loyal friend, a devoted husband, a pleasant and helpful neighbour. In short, he was just a complete human being. The most perfect human being that ever lived. What an honour it must have been, even to spend five minutes in his presence!

As the area of trade is a large body of knowledge, this article will briefly examine basic etiquettes in trade as shown through the Qur’an and implemented by the most perfect human being on earth, our Beloved Prophet (s).

The people of Madyan were Arabs who lived in the country of Ma’an, part of which today is greater Syria. They were greedy people who did not believe that Allah existed and who also led wicked lives. They gave short measure, praised their goods beyond their worth, and hid their defects. They lied to their customers, thereby cheating them.

Allah (SWT) sent His Prophet Shu’aib (PBUH) armed with many miracles. Shu’aib preached to them, begging them to be mindful of Allah’s favour and warned them of the consequences of their evil ways, but they only mocked him. They seized the belongings of Shu’aib and his followers, and then drove them out of the city. The Messenger turned to his Lord for help, and his plea was answered. Allah sent down on them scorching heat. The clouds burst hurling thunderbolts and fire which caused the earth under their feet to tremble.

A nation was destroyed by the severe punishment of Allah (SWT) for disbelieving in Him and cheating their customers, lying and deceiving their way through their trade. How much thought do we give to this? We know the story of the people of Lot (PBUH) who were punished by Allah for committing acts of homosexuality, alongside other wicked acts and we are ready to criticize and condemn such an act and right- fully so. However, we should equally condemn the acts of those Muslim businessmen, who cheat their customers and suck every bit of penny out of them. Why is there a non- balance present in the community?

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