A Stern Warning Against Those who Use Up the Orphan’s Wealth
Warning has been given against consuming the orphan’s wealth unjustly. Just as you would want your offspring to be treated fairly after you, then
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ أَمْوَلَ الْيَتَـمَى ظُلْماً إِنَّمَا يَأْكُلُونَ فِى بُطُونِهِمْ نَاراً وَسَيَصْلَوْنَ سَعِيراً
“Surely, those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, they eat up only a fire into their bellies, and they will be burned in the blazing Fire!” meaning, when you consume the orphan’s wealth without a right, then you are only consuming fire, which will kindle in your stomach on the Day of Resurrection.
It is recorded in the Two Sahihs that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said, “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! What are they?” He said, “To join others in worship along with Allah, magic, to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause, to consume interest, to consume an orphan’s property, to turn your back to the enemy and flee from the battlefield at the time of fighting, and to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything harmful to their chastity being good believers.”