Role of Prophet Muhammad in correcting flaws in trade
As, in our age, there are different evils in the field of trade such as deception, selling defective product, adulteration, hoarding grains, etc., such evils were also common in the age of ignorance. Our Beloved prophet not only corrected the flaws in other fields of life but he also corrected the flaws found in this field. Read three examples of it.
٭ Condemning deception he has stated: One who deceives us is not from us. (Muslim, pp. 64, Hadith 101)
٭ About selling defective commodity [product] he has said: One who sells a defective product and does not disclose its defect is always in the displeasure of Allah Almighty and angels always curse him. (Ibn-e-Majah, vol. 3, pp. 59, Hadees 2247)
٭ About hoarding grain he has said: One who stops grain on Muslims, Allah Almighty will make him suffer from leprosy and poverty. (Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 7, pp. 526, Hadees 11218)
Observed gentleness while buying and selling
Our Beloved Prophet was very well-mannered, soft-hearted and merciful. Zayd bin Sa’nah was a Jewish scholar. When he became strict with our Beloved Prophet regarding buying and selling, our Beloved Rasool treated him gently showing forbearance.
The event was like this that before embracing Islam Zayd Bin Sa’nah bought dates from the Beloved Prophet. One or two days were still remaining for the delivery of dates; he (Zayd Bin Sa’nah) with extreme strictness demanded the dates in the presence of a large crowd due to which Sayyiduna Umar Farooq was enraged.
Upon this, the Beloved Prophet said: O Umar! You should have helped both of us by persuading me to fulfil the right and instructed him [how] to demand gently. He then ordered: O Umar! Give him dates equal to his right and give some more.
After getting the dates telling Sayyiduna Umar the reason for demanding with strictness Zayd Bin Sa’nah said: I saw in Muhammad all the signs which I had read in Torah about the last Nabi, but I had to know about two signs. One is that his forbearance will continue to overcome ignorance and the more he would be treated ignorantly, the more his forbearance will continue to increase.
So, in this way, I have also seen both these signs in him and I testify that surely this Nabi is true and O Umar! I am a very rich man; I make you a witness that I have made my half wealth Sadaqah on the Ummah of the Beloved Prophet. After this, he went to the blessed court of Holy Prophet ٖ and embraced Islam reciting Kalimah. (Seerat-e-Mustafa, pp. 601)