Gifts and Debts

Advice of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hassan Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Allayh) [1]

Respected Mufti Sahib,

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

I am in severe debts. Please make dua that my debts get paid off. I have also enclosed two hundred rupees as a gift. Kindly accept it.

Respected Brother,

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

I have accepted your gift. However, payment of the debt is more important. Therefore, I am sending the two hundred rupees back to you. First pay off the debts even if (due to paying your creditors their due) you have to suffer poverty. [2]

[1] (Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi raḥimahullāh His life and works, Publsh. Ta’limi Board, KZN, Pg 251)

[2] (Maktubaat Vol. 1, Pg. 89)