Inviting guests even though one is in debt

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Q: Is it correct for someone to continuously feed guests even though he is in debt? He quotes “the guest brings his own rizq and leaves with the sins of the hosts forgiven.” Please advise.


A: There is no doubt about the blessings and rewards of entertaining a guest, but the shariah insists on us to prioritize. We need to ensure that we settle our debts first and then continue showing hospitality to guests.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال مطل الغني ظلم فإذا أتبع أحدكم على ملي فليتبع (صحيح البخاري # 2287)

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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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