The Importance of Repaying Debts

Abu Qatadah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Faith in Allah and striving in His Cause (Jihad) are the deeds of highest merit.” A man stood up said: “O Messenger of Allah! Tell me if I am killed in the Cause of Allah, will all my sins be forgiven?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “Yes, if you are killed in the Cause of Allah while you are patient, hopeful of your reward and marching forward not retreating.” Then the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to him, “Repeat what you have said.” The man said: “Tell me if I am killed in the Cause of Allah, will all my sins be forgiven?.” He replied, “Yes, if you are martyred while you are patient, hopeful of your reward and march forward without retreating, unless, if you owe any debt, that will not be forgiven. Angel Jibril told me that.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith also shows the importance of rights of people and repayment of loan which will not be pardoned in any case, even for the martyr. It is, therefore, essential that every Muslim should exercise utmost care to fulfill his obligations in these matters.

And Allah Knows Best!

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