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definition of riba


I want to know the exact definition of riba to create better difference between profit and riba.


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Riba is commonly translated as usury. So riba and usury is the taking of interest over and above the capital initially lent, where as profit is usually to do with trading and business transactions, exchanging product or service for monetary funds and is a form of trade, where as riba is not.
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This argument is obviously foolish. There is nothing comparable between interest and trade. There is equity in business transactions because there is a mutual agreement between the two parties and both stand to gain or lose. In trading, a seller sells an article to the buyer at a price mutually acceptable to both, and the matter ends there.
But taking interest is a clearcut case of exploitation. A person with surplus money, which he does not need, lends it to someone who is in dire need. The needy person agrees to pay interest which he can ill afford; not because it is acceptable to him but because of his compelling situation.
S.L. Al-Hakim