The Islamic Ruling on Ribaa

The Islamic Ruling on Ribaa

Textual evidence from the Qur’an and the Prophet’s traditions, points out that ribaa is strictly forbidden in Islam, that it is one of the major sins and that Allah has not declared war on any one of the sinners except those who deal with ribaa. In fact, ribaa is forbidden, not only in Islam but also in all previous divine religions. Such a ruling, however, was changed after numerous distortions crept into the religious texts of such religions, and altered many other rulings. Allah ﷻ mentions that he inflicted punishment on a group of the People of the Book “for their taking usury although it had been forbidden to them.” (Soorat An-Nisaa’, 4:161)