On stressing the inviolability of an orphan's property

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

286. Chapter: On stressing the inviolability of an orphan's property

Allah Almighty says, "People who consume the property of orphans wrongfully consume nothing in their bellies except Fire. They will roast in a Searing Blaze!" (W4:9; H4:10) and the Almighty says, "And that you do not go near the property of orphans Š except in a good way." (W6:153; H6:152) The Almighty says, "They will ask you about the property of orphans. Say, 'Managing it in their best interests is best.' If you mix your property with theirs, they are your brothers. Allah knows a squanderer from a good manager." (W2:218; H2:220)

1614. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Avoid the seven fatal sins." They said, "Messenger of Allah, what are they?" He said, "Associating with Allah, sorcery, killing a soul which Allah has forbidden, except by legal right, consuming usury, consuming the property of an orphan, fleeing on the day of battle and slandering unthinking chaste believing women." [Agreed upon]