Aadaab of Business and Dealings – Part 8

1. When purchasing an item, one should not degrade the item or find fault with it in order to get a discount. Similarly, when selling an item, one should not exaggerate and unduly praise the item in order to get a higher price or to convince the customer to purchase it.

عن معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن أطيب الكسب كسب التجار الذين إذا حدثوا لم يكذبوا، وإذا ائتمنوا لم يخونوا، وإذا وعدوا لم يخلفوا، وإذا اشتروا لم يذموا، وإذا باعوا لم يطروا، وإذا كان عليهم لم يمطلوا، وإذا كان لهم لم يعسروا (شعب الإيمان للبيهقي رقم 4513)

Hazrat Mu’aadh bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “The most pure earning is the earning of traders who (possess the following qualities); when they speak, they do not lie; when they are entrusted with something, they do not deceive; when they make a promise, they do not break their promise; when they purchase something, they do not degrade and find fault in the item (in order to decrease the price); when they sell, they do not exaggerate and unduly praise the item (in order to convince the purchaser or to sell it for a higher price); when they owe money, they do not delay in payment; and when money is owed to them, they do not cause difficulty to the debtor.” 

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