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Punishment of Haraam income

Fatwaa ID: 1525

What’s the punishment of haram income

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

Islam has emphasized greatly on the importance of earning halaal and also spending in halaal ways. Rasulullaah ﷺ informed us that a person will not be able to move his feet on Day of Judgment until he gives account for a few things, amongst them is his wealth: how he earned it and how he spent it.

Rasulullaah ﷺ said,

إِنَّ رِجَالاً يَتَخَوَّضُونَ فِي مَالِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ، فَلَهُمُ النَّارُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
“Indeed some people acquire/dive into Allaah’s wealth wrongfully. For them is Hellfire on the Day of Resurrection.” [Bukhaari 3118]

Haraam wealth earns one the wrath and anger of Allaah Ta’aala. This results in regret and remorse in both lives. A person’s life is void of barakah and khayr. He does not find genuine bliss or happiness. He does not find rest and contentment. His life is filled with miseries and worries. This negatively impacts his mental, emotional, financial and spiritual well-being.

A person whose income is haraam, his du’aas are not accepted. He jeopardizes the acceptance of his du’aa. He also jeopardizes the acceptance of his worship. He then finds himself lost in this world. The Hereafter is much worse for him.

Haraam wealth must be given away in charity to the poor and needy. A person must also make sincere tawbah and istighfaar. He must always remind himself that we do not need abundance of wealth, but rather barakah and contentment in whatever Allaah Ta’aala gives us.

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

01/05/1445 AH – 07/23/2023 CE | AMG3-3990

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

سنن الترمذي 2417
حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، أَخْبَرَنَا الأَسْوَدُ بْنُ عَامِرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ عَيَّاشٍ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ جُرَيْجٍ، عَنْ أَبِي بَرْزَةَ الأَسْلَمِيِّ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ لاَ تَزُولُ قَدَمَا عَبْدٍ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ حَتَّى يُسْأَلَ عَنْ عُمْرِهِ فِيمَا أَفْنَاهُ وَعَنْ عِلْمِهِ فِيمَا فَعَلَ وَعَنْ مَالِهِ مِنْ أَيْنَ اكْتَسَبَهُ وَفِيمَا أَنْفَقَهُ وَعَنْ جِسْمِهِ فِيمَا أَبْلاَهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ ‏.‏ وَسَعِيدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ جُرَيْجٍ هُوَ بَصْرِيٌّ وَهُوَ مَوْلَى أَبِي بَرْزَةَ وَأَبُو بَرْزَةَ اسْمُهُ نَضْلَةُ بْنُ عُبَيْدٍ ‏.‏


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