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Prohibition of devouring the Property of an Orphan

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 286
Prohibition of devouring the Property of an Orphan

Allah, the Exalted, says:

Verily, those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, they eat up only fire into their bellies, and they will be burnt in the blazing Fire!” (4:10)

And come not near to the orphan’s property, except to improve it.” (6:152)

And they ask you concerning orphans. Say: `The best thing is to work honestly in their property, and if you mix your affairs with theirs, then they are your brothers. And Allah knows him who means mischief (e.g., to swallow their property) from him who means good (e.g., to save their property).” (2:220)

1614. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Keep away from the seven fatalities.” It was asked: “What are they, O Messenger of Allah?” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Associating anything with Allah in worship (i.e., committing an act of Shirk), sorcery, killing of one whom Allah has declared inviolable without a just cause, devouring the property of an orphan, the eating of usury (Riba), fleeing from the battlefield and accusing chaste believing women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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