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Hoarding goods in business

As Ramadan is a great and blessed month for Muslims, and it is a month in which the prayers of the faithful servants are accepted, Muslims should observe fast according to all Islamic principles and the guidance of Allah and the Prophets and do worship to get Allah’s consent. In the blessed month, the Muslims should financially help the poor and needy relatives and avoid all bad deeds considered as Haram in Islam. But unfortunately, it must be said that many Muslim traders and shopkeepers go for hoarding of goods and commodities in this blessed month of Ramadan. Do the Muslim traders and businessmen know about the prohibition of hoarding of goods or not?  In Islam, it is illegal to stockpile goods or remove them from the market and raise prices in the hope of greater profit. Hoarding is the act of hoarding essential commodities during some crisis, creating an artificial crisis and then selling those commodities at an extra profit. Such work reduces the purchasing power of the common people and many people suffer, adding to their suffering. In this context, the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever keeps the food grains of the Muslims, Allah imposes poverty on him.” Narrated by Saeed Ibn Musayyib (RA), the Prophet (PBUH) said, “No one stores goods except sinners.” In another hadith narrated by Umar (R.A.), the Prophet (S.A.) Said, “Whoever hoards the food of the Muslims (in the hope of increasing the price), Allah will punish him with sickness and poverty.” The messenger of Allah (PBUH) has said, “The best income is good selling.” There will be no cheating, embezzlement and disobedience to Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) also said that harming oneself and harming others should not be done. Cheating, fraud and evasion are identified as gross violations of human rights in Islam. No Muslim can combine truth with falsehood. It is mentioned in the Quran, O you who believe, do not mix truth with falsehood. Don’t knowingly hide the truth. It is obligatory to maintain honesty in every field of business and life. Deceit by passing off bad things as good, mixing well with bad, deceiving the weight for self-interest, mixing more expensive with less expensive or any other adulteration and selling the genuine at a high price. Almighty Allah has instructed us to help and support each other to do good deeds and to keep ourselves away from evil and bad deeds. It is definitely necessary for the businessmen to avoid hoarding of goods. Instead of hoarding of goods in the holy month of Ramada they should help their needy countrymen and help them financially. Muhibullah Mayar

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.