He died whilst in debt

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Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15368

Question: [Regarding] the one who dies whilst being unable to settle a debt due to his poor circumstances, does his soul remain suspended [due to this debt]?

Response: Without a doubt, the debt remains attached to the soul of the believer, as [mentioned] in the hadeeth:

«The soul of the believer is suspended because of his debt until it is paid off» – at-Tirmidhee

And if he were to die whilst having a debt, then it [continues to] remain his responsibility; so whoever is aware of this situation from his relatives and his Muslim brothers, then he should absolve [the deceased of] his responsibility and extend a favour to him – and not leave his soul suspended (i.e. detained and kept from reaching its destination) due to his debt.

Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.