Reward For giving respite or remission to a debtor

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Abu Qatadah (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said,

“He who likes Allah to deliver him from the calamities of the Day of Resurrection, let him either give respite to a debtor or grant him remission (of loans) in straitened circumstances.”

[Muslim]

Commentary:
One meaning of the word “Falyunaffis” is to defer demanding payment of the amount from the one who may be in straitened circumstances, until such a time when he has sufficient means to pay his debts. Another meaning is to relieve the debtor of the trouble he is in by giving him some money so that he can settle his debt with it. Such sympathetic attitude will save that person from the tensions of the Day of Judgement when everyone will be tense with worries and anxieties.

Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No : 1369

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