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‘Abdur Rahman’s ibn ‘Awf (radiyallahu ‘anhu) secret to business success


I heard about the following, is it authentic and what is the explanation?

Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was asked; “What is the reason of your success? He replied, ‘Due to three things;

1) I never refused any profit
2) I sold everything in cash and not on credit
3) I did not delay in selling a thing.”



This narration is recorded in non primary sources. I have not come across the complete chain.

The words together with the explanatory translation are as follows:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Awf (radiyallahu ‘anhu) was asked, “What is the reason for your wealth? He replied, ‘Three things; I never refused any profit [no matter how small], I never delayed in supplying an animal when it was sought [as it incurs expenses each day I keep it] nor did I sell on credit.”

(Qutul Qulub, vol. 2 pg. 448, ‘ilmiyyah edition, Ihya ‘Ulumid din, vol. 3 pg. 312, Ithafus Sadah Al Muttaqin, vol. 5 pg. 497)



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar