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Hadith: riba (interest) eaters

Sahih Al Bukhari - Book of Sales And Trade Volumn 003, Book 034, Hadith Number 298. ----------------------------------------- Narated By ...

Sahih Al Bukhari - Book of Sales And Trade

Volumn 003, Book 034, Hadith Number 298.
Narated By Samura bin Jundab : The Prophet said, "This night I dreamt that two men came and took me to a Holy land whence we proceeded on till we reached a river of blood, where a man was standing, and on its bank was standing another man with stones in his hands. The man in the middle of the river tried to come out, but the other threw a stone in his mouth and forced him to go back to his original place. So, whenever he tried to come out, the other man would throw a stone in his mouth and force him to go back to his former place. I asked, 'Who is this?' I was told, 'The person in the river was a Riba-eater."


Riba (Arabic: ربا, [rɪbæː]) means one of the senses of "usury"[citation needed]. Riba is forbidden in Islamic economic jurisprudence fiqh and considered as a major sin. Simply, unjust gains in trade or business, generally through exploitation.

There are two types of riba discussed by Islamic jurists: an increase in capital without any services provided and risk taking, which is prohibited by the Qur'an, and that prohibited in the Sunnah which comprises commodity exchanges in unequal quantities.



Riba is considered amongst the Seven Heinous Sins (Al-Saba al-Mubiqat - السَبعَ الموبِقاتِ), namely:[1]

  • Believing in gods other than Allah.
  • Magic.
  • Murder.
  • Riba/usury.
  • Unlawfully taking orphans' money.
  • Fleeing the battlefield.
  • Accusing chaste, pious women.

The Qur'an states:[2]

" يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَأْكُلُواْ الرِّبَا أَضْعَافًا مُّضَاعَفَةً وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ "

3:130 O you who have believed, do not consume usury, doubled and multiplied, but fear Allah that you may be successful.

" وَأَحَلَّ اللّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا "

2:275 Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest