Ticket No.22 – Forgiving a Debtor who is in Hardship
The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “There was a merchant who used to lend to the people, and whenever his debtor was in straitened circumstances he would say to his employees, ‘Forgive him so that Allah may forgive us.’ So Allah forgave him.”
[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This hadith shows the virtue of being lenient and forgiving to those whom owe you a debt whereby the prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) mentioned that a man used to order his employees to collect the debts owed to him by others and he would tell his employees that if you find the person in difficult circumstances then forgive them so that Allah may forgive us for forgiving them. Once this person died and met Allah, Allah forgave them for this deed that they had sincerely performed.
And Allah Knows Best!