WHICH TRADER IS GOOD AND WHOSE INCOME IS PURE?
It is reported from Hadhrat Mu’aaz Radiyallahu Anhu that Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “The best earning is by that trader in whom these things are found:
When he speaks he does not lie, when entrusted with something, he does not breach that trust, when he makes a promise, he does not break it, when buying from someone, he does not criticize and demean the goods (without any basis) and when he sells his own goods, he does not resort to exaggeration in praising them, when a demand is made of him for what he is owing, he does not duck and dive and when he has a right over someone else, he is not hard and unrelenting.”
BENEFIT: Consider what a concise Hadeeth this is. Generally, many undesirable things are to be found in traders and businessmen which have been discussed here. One in whom the things discussed are to be found will earn a pure and pristine livelihood.
- One should firmly ensure that these things are kept in mind and acted upon. Never say anything contrary to reality, in order to sell products. Adopt trustworthiness and honesty and never resort to adulteration of products.
- When making a promise be certain to fulfill it. Never make a promise merely to pacify the other party with no intention to fulfill it.
- Do not criticize goods when buying from others in order to pay less for the products. It is the habit of traders to praise their own goods when selling them and criticizing the goods of others when buying form them without any due basis thereby trying to secure a lower price on the goods and make more profit for them. This should never be done. Similarly, when someone else’s right is concerned, do not delay in settling it and do not delay. People generally want their rights to be fulfilled as quickly as possible while making others wait before fulfilling their rights by making excuses and by ducking and diving.