1) lbn ‘Umar said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) said: ‘The honest truthful Muslim merchant shall be with martyrs on the Day of Resurrection’.”

2) Ismail b. ‘Ubaid b. Rifa‘a reported his grandfather on the author­ity of his father as saying: “They came out with the Apostle of Allah (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) for (Eid) prayers. He (the Prophet) saw people busy in buying and selling. He said: ‘O Community of traders!’ Everybody responded to Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam), raised his head and looked at him. He (the Holy Prophet) said: ‘The traders will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection as disobedient (servants) of Allah except those who feared Allah, did good and spoke the truth’.”

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3) ‘Abdullah b. Dinar narrated that he heard Ibn ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with them) saying: “A man mentioned to the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) that he was deceived in business transactions, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) said: ‘When you enter into a transaction, say: There should be no attempt to deceive.’ (Later on) whenever he entered into a sale deal he (used to) say: There should be no deception.”

4) Yusuf said: “I and a person from Quraish were entrusted with the wealth of orphans. A person took away one thousand dirhams from me. Later on, one thousand dirhams pertaining to that person fell to my hand. I said to the Quraishite: ‘He went away with one thousand of my dirhams and now I have got them, (so I shall not repay them to him).’ On this the Quraishite said: ‘My father reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) say: Repay the deposits to one who kept it with you and do not cheat who cheated you’.”

5) ‘Uqba b. ‘Amir reported. “I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) as saying: ‘Muslims are brothers to each other. It is not lawful for a Muslim to sell something (to his brother), which contains some defect except he reveals it to him’.”


Source: Economic Teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): A Select Anthology of Hadith Literature on Economics, Muhammad Akram Khan. Republished with permission.