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Reference for a Hadith on riba

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Is there a Hadith that says ”The rules Riba (interest) do not apply between a Muslim and a Harbi [A Non Muslim waging war against Muslims]” and whats the status of the Hadith?

I heard that Imam Az Zayla’i said its extremely weak.


The Tabi’i; Makhul (rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“The rules of Riba (interest) do not apply between those at war with Muslims and actual Muslims”

(Al-Ma’rifah of Imam Bayhaqi, see Nasbur Rayah, Hadith: 6395-6396 and At-Ta’rifu wal ikhbar, vol.2 pg.309)

The Hanafi Jurist, Imam Sarakhsi (rahimahullah) stated that this narration is sufficient as proof for the matter.

After quoting the above, Ibnul Humam (rahimahullah) also quoted another lengthy Hadith of Sahih Bukhari to corroborate this one.

(Fathul Qadir, vol.6 pg.178)

I haven’t seen Imam Zayla’i (rahimahullah) write that it is extremely weak. (See Nasbur Rayah, Hadith: 6395-6396)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar


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