As to thy question concerning interest and profit on gold and silver . . . Many people stand in need of this. Because if there were no prospect for gaining interest, the affairs of men would suffer collapse or dislocation. One can seldom find a person who would manifest such consideration towards his fellow-man, his countryman or towards his own brother and would show such tender solicitude for him as to be well-disposed to grant him a loan on benevolent terms. [Such loans as bear no interest and are repayable whenever the borrower pleases] Therefore as a token of favour towards men We have prescribed that interest on money should be treated like other business transactions that are current amongst men.