Rasulallah s.a.w. said:
❝He who begs others in order to increase his own wealth, is in fact asking only for a live coal (as punishment). It is up to him, if he wishes to have more (live coals), let him have it; and he who wishes to have less (live coals), let him have it.❞
Sheikh Ibn al-Uthaymeen rahimahullah said:
“In this hadith, there is a threat for all those who beg others of their wealth without a valid reason. Meaning, whoever begs the people to give him wealth in order to increase his own wealth, then it is like asking for a live coal (as punishment). The more he asks, the more live coals will be dumped on him; and the less he asks, the less live coals will be dumped on him; and if he abandons it, he will be safe from the live coal.
From this we also learn that asking wealth from others without necessity is a Major Sin.”
[Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (3/392)]
Nowadays, it’s very common for certain people to persistently ask for a “loan” from their friends to purchase something, when in fact they have the financial capacity to do so. And worst of all is when this person intentionally “forgets” the loan he/she has asked. Do a self-check if we still have any unpaid loan and let us be careful with our dealings towards others from now onward.