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Marketplaces are the most hated

Fatwaa ID: 1412

Forwarded Message:

Asalamualaikum Sister. I have a question. So I saw a video and it says that Allah hates market places out of all places. My question is why does he hate market places?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The Hadith you are referring to is as follows,

أَحَبُّ الْبِلاَدِ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَسَاجِدُهَا وَأَبْغَضُ الْبِلاَدِ إِلَى اللَّهِ أَسْوَاقُهَا
“The parts of land dearest to Allah are its masjids, and the parts most hateful to Allaah are its marketplaces.” [Muslim 671]

A believer is advised to always remain in environments that are conducive to his imaan and values. A true masjid fulfills this while the marketplaces are generally contrary to this. A believer is spiritually protected in the masjids, not in the stores.

The marketplaces and stores are places that often turn one away from the remembrance of Allaah Ta’aala and from the purpose and focus of one’s life. It feeds the nafs in creating love for this temporary world. It leads a person to become greedy.

The marketplaces are often places wherein the laws of Allaah Ta’aala are violated. People engage in haraam business dealings. They engage in inappropriate and unIslamic business ethics. Lying, deception, riba, cheating, music, unrestricted intermingling of the sexes, inappropriate dressing and sins of the eyes are only a few to mention from the common vices.

Accordingly, a believer should avoid going to the stores and marketplaces unnecessarily. When there is a need to go, he should go quickly while observing the injunctions and ethics of the marketplace. If he is able to do that, then his time there will become ‘ibaadah.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

12/17/1444 AH – 07/05/2023 CE | AML1-8001

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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