Recommendation to Pay Debt Before Death

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Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the recommendation to pay debt before death. We all know that not everyone who lives in this world is rich. There are many poor people. In fact, often they do not have money to just buy basic things needed for life, such as food, drinks, clothing, vehicles, homes, and so forth. The practical solution that is usually used by them is debt.

But I will not discuss debt in such a context. Here I will explain that a person is recommended to pay debt before death. There is a very clear reason why Islam advocates that. By the way, do you already know the reason? If you don’t know, then read this article to the end.

As usual, before I explain the recommendation to pay debt before death, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Recommendation to Pay Debt Before Death

The hadith about recommendation to pay debt before death that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : نَفْسُ الْمُؤْمِنِ مُعَلَّقَةٌ بِدَيْنِهِ حَتَّى يُقْضَى عَنْهُ . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَالتِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu ‘anhu, from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He said, “The spirit of a believer depends on his/her debt until the debt is paid.” The hadith was narrated by Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi.

There are some important things related to the above hadith that we need to know;

One: What is meant by “the spirit of a believer depends on his/her debt” is that the spirit of a believer will continue to be prevented from reaching his/her noble position, even in the realm of Barzakh, if he/she has an unpaid debt.

Two: The hadith explains about the recommendation that someone does not have any debt to anyone before he/she dies.

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