Prohibiting Najsh

Abu Hurairah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Do not practise Najsh (to cheat).” [Muslim]

Falsehood, deceitfulness and lying are not the conduct of a good Muslim. It is necessary to abstain from such evil acts. Practicing najsh lies in the category of terrible deeds. Najsh means to offer a high price for an item or product during an auction in order to allure a customer who is interested in buying it. The customer hears the high bid and thinks that maybe the item is worth the high price and therefore he purchases it. This is a form of deceit, falsehood and of course fraud. Therefore Islam has prohibited najsh and encourages fair trading.

Ibn ‘Umar (RA) said: A man mentioned to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) that he was often deceived in dealings. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to him, “When you enter into a transaction you should say: “There should be no deception.”‘
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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