Riba or Interest…

These days all we see is the advertisements from Banks for giving a percentage of interest on your amount in your bank account. The cars on lease, the loan and everything is running on interest based banking system. The worst part is that the banks which claim to be Islamic Banks charge more amount on car lease program than the actual amount and the amount that the non-Islamic Banks are charging you on lease. Though I’m not an expert on all this banking, financing and money matters. But reading the following Hadeeth made me jump out of my skin.

Narrated Jabir Bin Abdullah (RA): In the year of the conquest of Makka, I heard Allah’s Messenger( SAW), saying, ‘Allah and His messenger made illegal the trade of alcoholic liquors, dead animals, pigs and idols.’ The people asked,’ O Allah’s Messenger! What about fat of dead animals, for it was used for greasing the boats and the hides; and people use it for lights?’ He said,’ No, it is illegal.’ Allah’s Messenger(SAW) further said,‘ May Allah curse the Jews, for Allah made the fat (of animals) illegal for them, yet they melted the fat and sold it and ate its price.”

-Al Bukhari

So, back to where I was. And as Allah humiliated the jews just because they didn’t obey the commandments of Allah, just think where are we heading. The whole economical, social and political structure of this nation is built upon Riba, Interest, Hypocrisy and Deciet. Everything that was made illegal for us. And if the jews were cursed because they ate the price of whatever they earned from that one illegal trade, just think how much damage would we be doing to our own self, our own system… And how much injustice are we doing ourselves.

Jews are, as the Quran says, a fallen nation. It’s high time that we should stop following them into the darkest pit of the hell fire… Stop the Riba culture before it’s too late…

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