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The reward of giving respite to a debtor

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

“Whomsoever wishes that Allah saves him from the difficulties of the day of Qiyamah, should give respite to his debtor or waive off the debt”

 

Answer

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) in his Sahih. The narration is therefore authentic.

The full Hadith is as follows:

Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) once demanded payment from his debtor who then disappeared. Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) located him and [the debtor] said:
‘I am unable to pay.’ After taking an oath from him that he is unable to pay, Sayyiduna Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say:

“Whomsoever wishes that Allah save him from the torments of the Day of Qiyamah should give respite to the insolvent or waive off the debt”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1563)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar