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To Leigh: Prophet Mohammad and Prophet Jesus (May Peace be upon him) both being the messenger of same Allah has taught that it is the intentions in hearts on which deeds depend.

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Submitted by Syed Rafey Husain (Pakistan), Jul 16, 2007 at 08:20

"Syed
The problem is not interest but the excessive profit that people make from (usually poor ) other people whether by way of high interest rates or taking income /profits from a transaction".

Dear Leigh, Interest is Haram (prohibited) in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. And it is the main cause why societies are currently deprived of basic needs. Most exploitation will go away if we follow the law of prohibition of interest.

"To believe exploitation depends on form and not substance betrays a misunderstanding of God, who looks at the effect of the transaction not the form"

Dear Leigh, It depends on both. And brutal Interest in all forms should be left as soon as possible for human societies to sustain. And you are right substance of interest is greediness to earn more and more profits, so that mentally will be addressed once we will ban the most wide spread form i.e. interest.

"just as he examines the heart not external appearances as Jesus taught)- read Matthew 5 for the revelation of the heart of God from Jesus- and measure yourself against those standards).

Prophet Mohammad (May Peace be upon him) and Prophet Jesus (May Peace be upon him) both being the messenger of same Allah has taught that it is the intentions in hearts on which deeds depend. Refer to Tirmizi Sharif (A book of Hadith) opening chapter on intentions.

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