Give up Riba

3rd of Rabi’ Al-Awwal

Suuratul Baqarah Verses 278 and 279.

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّـهَ وَذَرُوا۟ مَا بَقِىَ مِنَ ٱلرِّبَوٰٓا۟ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ ﴿٢٧٨﴾فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُوا۟ فَأْذَنُوا۟ بِحَرْبٍ مِّنَ ٱللَّـهِ وَرَسُولِهِۦ ۖ وَإِن تُبْتُمْ فَلَكُمْ رُءُوسُ أَمْوَٰلِكُمْ لَا تَظْلِمُونَ وَلَا تُظْلَمُونَ ﴿٢٧٩

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278. O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah and give up what remains (due to you) from Riba (usury), if you are believers. 279. And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allah and His Messenger but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly (by asking more than your capital sums), and you shall not be dealt with unjustly (by receiving less than your capital sums).

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Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Volume 2, Page 78.

Allah commands His believing servants to fear Him and warns them against what would bring them closer to His anger and drive them away from His pleasure. Allah said,

﴿يأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ﴾

“O you who believe! Have Taqwa of Allah”

Meaning, fear Him and remember that He is watching all that you do.

﴿وَذَرُواْ مَا بَقِىَ مِنَ الرِّبَواْ﴾

And give up what remains of Riba

Meaning, abandon the Riba that people still owe you upon hearing this warning,

﴿إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ﴾

“if you indeed have been believers”.

Believing in the trade that He allowed you and the prohibition of Riba.

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