Just when I thought real estate is not a spiritual being,
I learned this:
“When the property is being sold, the original owner must be given the first chance to buy it# if any of you become so poor that you’re forced to sell your property, your closest relative must buy it# if that relative has the money. Later, if you can afford to buy it”
- Leviticus 25: 24-26.
And from the books of the prophet’s narrations,
From Sa‘eed ibn Hurayth (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever sells a house or piece of land then does not put its price into something similar deserves not to be blessed therein.”
Ahmad (17990) and Ibn Maajah (2481)
Ibn Maajah (2482) narrated that Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever sells a house and does not put its price into something similar will not be blessed therein.”
This hadeeth was classed as Hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allah have mercy on him) in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, 5/326, when all its isnaads and corroborating reports are taken together.
Mullah ‘Ali al-Qaari said: Selling land and houses and using the money to buy movable items is not mustahabb, because it has a lot of benefits and is not subject to developing problems; no one could steal it or raid it and take it away, unlike movable items.
So it is better that it not be sold and it is better than it is price be put into (buying) another piece of land or a house.
End quote from Mirqaah al-Mafaateeh Sharh Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 5/1983
What is meant by “putting its price into” is using it to buy a house or piece of land, when buying houses and land leads to revitalizing dead land.
There is no difference between buying a house that is already built or buying a piece of land then building on it to achieve the purpose, which is to revitalize and develop dead land.
Al-Manaawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Because man is required to leave a legacy on the land, so when his legacy is erased by selling (his property) because he wants the price, he will be punished by missing out on the blessing.
End quote from Fayd al-Qadeer Sharh al-Jaami‘ as-Sagheer, 6/121
written by; Odunewu Idris Ayoola
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