Is the Expectation of Gifting A Higher Amount Than Received Considered Riba? Ask Shaykh YQ #178

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We have a question from sr, Xena from Los Angeles, oh sorry, from Las Vegas, who says that, that in their subculture that every time they host an event or a wedding or a function, that they have the habit of writing down and recording every single gift and the amount and the value of that gift. And then when it is their turn to go to that person, they make sure they look at that list and they give a higher amount than what was given to them. That's her family custom. And it is understood in their community that that's what's going to happen. So if they got a gift of $50, when they go to the person's house, they're going to give a gift of $55 at least or something like this. And she is

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saying she is worried that this is a type of Riba, a type of usury. One

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I mean, Baba Nika ille de Jalan no know hey, lay him first.

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and the response to this is that I applaud her for her careful consciousness and her conscientiousness. However, gifts are never Riba gifts in and of themselves and exchanging gifts is it is a part of the Sunnah our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam encouraged us to give gifts, and it is good to give gifts that are commensurate to our status. And if somebody gives us a gift, we should reply in kind. And Eliza mentions this in the Quran that you give even a greeting you respond to the same or even better. So how much more so when the gift comes? So gifts are not interest? Why are they not interest? Because they are not mandated? They are not if you are, it's a difference

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when you are assumed when it is your culture, when it is your social pressure to give versus it is binding in a contract, as long as it's social pressure that hey, I give you 10 I'm going to give you back 15 you know, you gave me a gift of 50 I'll give you back a gift of 60 This is a social pressure is understanding its gifts that are being given. This is not a contract, it's not something that can be demanded, and therefore this is completely permissible. As for rebar. There is a principle in our Islamic film, co located in Jerusalem and fattened for whoever every single loan, Riba is only in alone, every single general idea back then there's many types of rubber, rubber is generally in a

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loan, so called low card and German fattened for horiba that every single loan that brings about guarantees a benefit is a type of interest. Therefore, if I lend you $1,000, and I condition that you must pay me back 1100 that is Riba? If I lend you $1,000 and I say, I'm going to get to use your car for an entire week or I say that you will drive me you know, to the airport 10 times and you will return me the money as well. Now, I have mandated I have mandated it must be mandated as for if it is not mandated, and it is something that when you return the money from your own goodwill, you increase it is understood Mr. Shetty are encourages this that when the person who is going to give

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back $1,000 then he should give back 1500 more and say just calaca May Allah reward you this is a gift from me extra This is good, but it is not mandated and as long as it is not mandated then it is not Riba and as long as it is not alone, and it is merely exchanging of gifts, there is no Riba over there and Allah subhana wa Taala knows best

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