Punishment for Ribaa
- Those who engage in usurious transactions expose themselves to a war which Allah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ have declared on those who deal with ribaa, thereby becoming their enemies. As the Qur’an states, “If you do not do so, be warned of war from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your capital, without wronging and without being wronged.” (Soorat Al-Baqarah, 2: 279) Indeed, such a war leaves devastating physical and psychological effects, and the numerous forms of deep anxiety and depression that have afflicted people these days are some signs of such a war which Allah has declared on those who disobey His commands by engaging in usurious transactions. The effects of such war in the hereafter will be far worse than one can possibly imagine.
- Those who engage in usurious transactions in any way are deprived of Allah’s mercy. Jaabir ibn‛Abdullaah narrated: “Allah’s Messenger cursed the person who accepts usury (interest), the one who gives it, the one who records it and the two witnesses to it.” He said, “They are all sinners.” (Saheeh Muslim: 1598)
- They will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement in such an unsightly manner that they will be staggering, jerking and shaking like someone suffering from madness or experiencing epileptic seizures, as the Qur’an states, “Those who take unlawful interest will stand before Allah [on the Day of Judgement] as those who suffer from a mental imbalance because of Satan’s touch.” (Soorat Al-Baqarah, 2: 275)
- Profits made from usurious transactions, no matter how massive they may look, will be deprived of all blessing, and those who make use of such profits will find neither happiness, nor peace of mind, as the Qur’an states, “Allah deprives usurious gains of all blessing, whereas He blesses charitable deeds with manifold increase.” (Soorat Al-Baqarah, 2: 276)