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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora
234 - DEMANDING PAYMENT FROM A DEBTOR KNOWN TO BE UNABLE TO PAY
Exodus 22:21-25 -- 21 "You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 22 You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. 23 If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. 25 If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.”
This prohibition applies also to demanding payment of the interest on a debt, and for this reason the Mishnah says that one who lends his money at interest also infringes the commandment contained in His words (exalted be He), you shall not be like a moneylender to him.