السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
It’s Saturday 13th August 2022 / 15 Muḥarram 1444H
Taking Advantage Of Price Rises
We are all going through an unprecedented time since our arrival here in the UK. Prices of commodities are rising sharply. Many families are finding it very difficult to make ends meet. In my message today, I want to address those brothers and sisters who are in business and whom The Almighty has blessed with an abundance of wealth.
Do you really need to raise the prices of the items you sell and trade in? Will you suffer a substantial loss if you did not increase your price to such a level? Hand on heart are you not taking advantage of the situation and capitalising on the moment at hand? If you are struggling yourself, then it is fair play to increase the price according to the increase you have had to pay.
However, to raise prices higher than that is taking advantage of the situation, which is not allowed. This is the time for us Muslims to show our real character. If we have been blessed with an abundance of wealth and that starts to decrease slightly because you are not increasing your prices, then imagine the happiness and joy you are putting into the hearts of families who are not as fortunate as you are?
I honestly was shocked when a friend in one particular business showed me some numbers of how much prices were hiked. No brothers and sisters, this is not the teaching of this beautiful religion of ours.
We give so much in charity abroad and we should. However, the time has come to help families on our doorsteps. Keep your profits to an absolute minimum. Help those who are struggling to put food on the table.
Finally, those households which have excess food which may go to waste, try and pack it nicely and neatly into disposable containers and distribute it within the neighbourhood. You may wish to consult a local charity. They will happily make arrangements to pass the food on to those families that are not as fortunate as us.
May The Almighty save us all from greed and from taking advantage of such situations, Āmeen.
Please share this message widely, especially with people in business and trade.
جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala