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عن أبي هريرة -رضي الله عنه- قال: قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم-:
(أد الأمانة إلى من ائتمنك ولا تخن من خانك )
(أبو داود/3535) ، (الترمذي/1246)

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Render back the trust to those to whom they are due and do not betray the person who betrays you” [Narrated by Abu Dawûd, Hadith no. 3535 and At-Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 1246]

Commentary:

“Render back the trust” is a commandment that must be implemented. Allah [may He be Glorified] said: “Verily! Allâh commands that you should render back the trusts to those to whom they are due.” (4:58)

“Trust” means everything that must be fulfilled.

“do not betray the person who betrays you” means that a Muslim should not mistreat people even though they might have mistreated him; and thus he should not betray those who might have betrayed him.

Furthermore, this is a comprehensive commandment for rendering back the trust, which can be something borrowed, a deposit or anything else.

The Hadith also directs people not to return mistreatment with similar conduct. This issue is disputable among the scholars, but forgiving mistreatment takes priority, as Allah [may He be Glorified] said: “The recompense for an evil is an evil like thereof; but whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is with Allâh. Verily, He likes not the Zâlimûn (oppressors, polytheists, and wrong-doers .” (42:40)

[See Subul As-Salam, Vol. III, Hadith no. 89]

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