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Once Prophet Muhammad (saw) passed by a people who were suffering from some affliction. “Why don’t they make du’a (supplication) to Allah for protection,” he said. With all the suffering and disasters Muslims are facing in various parts of the world, the question can be directed to all of us today.

As with everything else in his life, the Prophet (SAW) was an ideal example when it came to his dealings with others. If, for instance, someone is to lend him something, the Prophet (SAW) would pay him back with something better and more expensive. The Prophet (SAW) would do so without any prior agreement; the terms of his loan required him to pay back only what he borrowed. So it was out of his generosity that, when it came time to pay back a loan, he (SAW) out of the kindness of his heart, would pay his creditor back with something better than the thing he borrowed. This form of generosity is different from transactions involving usury, for usury involves a prior agreement, or understanding, that the borrower will pay his creditor back more than he initially borrowed. And Allah knows best.

Allah (SWT) said: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an 33: 21)

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