Al-Qalam – Contemporary Financial and Legal Sharī‘ah Advice

Al-Qalam Sharī‘ah Scholar Panel seeks to provide a scholarly perspective on commonplace legal and financial questions and challenges facing Muslims living in Britain / the West. We specialise in Charity Giving (Zakāh), Wills and Inheritance Queries (Wasiyyah), Trusts, Pensions, Child Trust Funds, Divorce Settlements, Investment Permissibility, Business Contracts etc. We also offer chargeable advisory and sharia certification audit services on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis for businesses and professionals.

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Q: I would like your advice on clarifying rulings on solvent extraction in perfumary. There are certain oil fragrances that is extracted from plant based based materials using solvent i.e. ethyl Alcohol. These are oils such as vanilla absolutes, Tonka  bean absolutes, tobacco absolutes which are core ingredients used extensively in perfumary. After the alcohol is […]


Q: I would like to know in the opinion of Al-Qalam if it is halal invest in Wahed Invest ( A: We do not have any oversight of the operations of Wahed Invest UK so we are not able to comment on whether their operations are truly Sharia compliant or not.   And Allah knows best. […]


Q: My employer has a death in service benefit where they may choose to make a lump sum payment to the employee’s relative(s) in the event of their death. It is possible for employees to state a preference as to who should receive this payment in the event of their death, though the employer is […]