Praise be to Allaah.
referred to was narrated by Imam Ahmad (17990) and Ibn Maajah (2481) 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.”
(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
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.
(may Allah have mercy on him) said concerning the meaning of the hadeeth,
“Whoever sells a house…”: Because it is the price of blameworthy worldly
adornment, and Allah created the earth and made it a dwelling place for His
slaves, and He created the two races (of mankind and the jinn) to worship
Him, and He made that which is on earth as an adornment for it, “in order
that We may test them (mankind) as to which of them are best in deeds” [al-Kahf
18:7]. So it became a trial for them, “Except him on whom your Lord
has bestowed His Mercy” [Hood 11:119] and protected him. And it became a
means of disobedience, so the blessing was taken away from it. So if it is
sold and the money is used to buy a store, he will not be blessed therein,
because he has done something contrary to Allah’s plan to make the earth a
resting place (cf. 78:6).
But if he
puts its price into something similar, then he has kept things in accordance
with Allah’s plan, so he will attain the blessing that Allah has put in it.
The blessing is connected to Allah’s plan for His creation.
from Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/119
at-Tahhaawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It is as if Ibn ‘Uyaynah
understood the words of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, “and He
blessed it, and measured therein its sustenance” [Fussilat 41:10] as
referring to the earth, so whoever sells a house or piece of land has sold
that which Allah blessed, so He punishes him by causing there to be no
blessing in what he bought of other things such as properties and stores.
And we ask Allah for guidance and help.
from Bayaan Mushkil al-Athaar, 9/206
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
that it is price be put into (buying) another piece of land or a house.
from Mirqaah al-Mafaateeh Sharh Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 5/1983
meant by “putting its price into” is using it to buy a house or piece of
land, when buying houses and land leads revitalising 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 revitalise and
develop dead land.
(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
from Fayd al-Qadeer Sharh al-Jaami‘ as-Sagheer, 6/121
applies when there is no real need to sell the piece of land or house. If
there is a real need to sell it, such as if a person is in debt and payment
is now due, and so on, and he has nothing except this house, then this is
not included in the hadeeth; rather he has to sell it and pay off his debt.
And Allah knows best.