In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful,

the Most Compassionate

Praise be to Allah, and may His peace and blessings be upon Muhammad,

and upon his family and companions, and all those who follow him

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “A man bought a piece of land from another man, and the buyer found a jar filled with gold in the land. The buyer said to the seller: ‘Take your gold, as I bought only the land from you and not the gold.’ The owner of the land said: ‘I sold you the land with everything in it.’ So both of them took their case before a third man who asked: ‘Have you any children?’ One of them said: ‘I have a boy.’ The other said, ‘I have a girl.’ The man said: ‘Marry the girl to the boy and spend the money on them; and whatever remains give it in charity.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

This is a story of some people from the past who showed exemplary honesty, piety and the desire to abstain from doubtful property. It is only the conviction of accountability before Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) that can allow a person to refuse a jar of gold when he/she could easily keep it. Judge your level of piety/awareness of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) by what you would have done in such a situation.



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