BANKRUPTCY Q3.180, Q4.29-30

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: Do you know who is poor? They (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: A poor man amongst us is one who has neither dirham with him nor wealth. He (the Holy Prophet) said: The poor of my Ummah would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and Zakah but (he would find himself bankrupt on that day as he would have exhausted his funds of virtues) since he hurled abuses upon others, brought calumny against others and unlawfully consumed the wealth of others and shed the blood of others and beat others, and his virtues would be credited to the account of one (who suffered at his hand). And if his good deeds fall short to clear the account, then his sins would be entered in (his account) and he would be thrown in the Hell-Fire.’ –Sahih Muslim 2581

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Imagine the irony of it. Consume and confiscate people’s wealth in a bid to amass more and never run out, only to be declared bankrupt on the Day of all days. All those insults we hurl from behind the safety of our computers, as well as a huge chunk of our good deeds hit their targets. Our domestic help which we treat like animals collect not only their wages at the end of the month but our deeds as well.

May Allah save us from such a humiliating fate.


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