The Prophets Teachings On Discharging Trusts

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are three signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

nother narration adds the words: ‘Even if he observes fasts, performs prayer and asserts that he is a Muslim”.

A companion of the Prophet said:- There was a time when I did not care with whom amongst you I did business, I entered into a transaction, for if he were a Muslim, his Faith would compel him to discharge his obligation to me; and if he were a Christian or a Jew, his guardian (surety) would compel him to discharge his obligation to me. But today I would not enter into a transaction except with so-and-so.
[Al-Bukh ri and Muslim].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) foretold to us two prophecies. I have seen one being fulfilled, and I am waiting for the other. He (PBUH) told us, “The trust descended in the innermost  of the hearts of men (that is, it was in their heart innately, by the pure human nature). Then the Qur’an was revealed and they learnt from the Quran and they learned from the way of the Prophet.” Then the (Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)) told us about the removal of  Trusts. He said, “The man would have some sleep, and trusts would be taken away from his heart leaving the impression of a faint mark. He would again sleep, and trust would be taken away from his heart leaving an impression of a blister, he would see a swelling having nothing in it.” He  said, “The people would enter into transactions with one another and hardly a person would be left who would return (things) entrusted to him (and there would look like an honest person) till it would be said: `In such and such place there is a trustworthy man.’ And they would also say about a person: `How prudent he is! How handsome he is and how intelligent he is!’ whereas in his heart there would be no grain of Faith.”

commentary: “There would be no grain of faith” means that he would not do good for the reason of being good and right.  He would do good out of the pragmatic reasons to gain more business.



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