The Economic Miracles in the Qur’an

The Wisdom in Prohibiting Usury in Islam

Allah says in Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verse 275Those who charge usury are in the same position as those whom the devil hath prostrated by (his) touch. That is because they say: “Trade is like usury” whereas Allah permits trade, and prohibits usury. Thus, whoever heeds this commandment from his Lord, and refrains from usury, he may keep his past earnings, and his case is for Allah (to judge); but whoever returns (to usury) – Such are the rightful owners of the Fire. )

It is reported that Gabir transmitted that: ” TheProphet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed those who pay usury, those who receive it, those who write a contract based on it, and those who witness such a contract, and said they are all equal.”

Definition of usury: Usury means “growth” or “addition”, and what is meant by “addition” here is what is added to the capital.

Its legitimacy: It is prohibited in all religions and strictly forbidden in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Usury is mentioned in the Old Testament: 25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest “.  Exodus 22

And in the New Testament 6:34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive again as much. 6:35 But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. (Gospel of Luke)

Besides, the Church declared usury unlawful.







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