Ama’nat means to receive some thing as a deposit and keep it safe. Generally, it means keeping valauable things with someone for safety. Actually one’s life, property, dignity, honour etc. are all ama’nats to others. He/she who returns the things deposited with him/her without causing any haram, is known as Amin (or Ama’natdar).
The opposite world for Ama’nat is Khiyanat is Khiyanat means misappropriation of or cauling haram to the deposited things by breaching the trust. A person who commits Khiyanat, is known as Khan or misappropriator.
An Ama’natdar is trusted and loved by everybody. No one lives a khain, and nobody likes him or trusts him. Emphasizing the needs for maintaining Ama’nat Allah says: “ And surely Allah ordains you to return the deposited things to their owner properly.” (Sura An Nasa: 58) Prophet Muhammad (Sm) says: “one who lacks in Ama’natdari is not faithful at all.” This proves that Ama’natdari is a part of Iman. Those who have Iman or faith cannot misappropriate things deposited to them by others. And those who misappropriate are not Mumins or believers in the sence of the term. They are cheats and Muanfiqs (hypocrites). There are three sings of a Munafip : they tell lies, misapprotriate things and breach promises.
A person who misappropriates is not only despised in human in human society, also he is despised and cursed by Allah. The Holy Quran says: “And surely Allah does not like those who are khians” (Sura Al-Anfal:58) Prophet Muhammad (Sm) asys: “And khiyant brings poverty.”