A Goodly Loan


From The Real Salvation for Mankind by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, hosted by The Deen Show:

Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an,

مَّن ذَا الَّذِي يُقْرِضُ اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ أَضْعَافًا كَثِيرَةً ۚ وَاللَّهُ يَقْبِضُ وَيَبْسُطُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

Who is it that would loan Allāh a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allāh who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned. [2:245]

Obviously, when you ask for a loan you are in need. Why is God asking for a loan? This is actually a means for humbling the slave. How? We know that God is the owner of all wealth. The wealth in my pocket does not belong to me, it belongs to the lord of the worlds. He put it there to begin with, and he’s asking you for a loan.

I give you a parallel. Even though there are no parallels for Allah, I’m giving you a parallel for this scenario. Your mother, whom you love, asks you for money. “Can I borrow five dollars? I don’t have enough money to buy milk.” A sincere child would be moved to tears that his mother had to come to him and ask for money. Why did it come to this point? And she’s asking to borrow it as if she’s expecting to pay it back. What kind of foul child am I that my mother would not have that expectation from me?

When God asks the believers for a loan, he is reminding them: You have become so greedy, so clingy to the world, he has to put it in a way that will put you to shame. You want to get the money back, right?


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