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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Latest Updates

Q: Is it permissible to open a current account with a bank which offers cashback on household bills?   الجواب خامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: This is a form of riba as the money deposited with a bank is a loan which brings the added benefit of a discount when using the account to pay […]


Q: What is the ruling on life insurance? Does the ruling differ if one truly thinks ‘they need it’, as oppose to seeking financial security. And lastly, is it OK for them to take it if they have found an edict espousing a view holding it as permissible?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: […]


Q: Is interest permissible if below the inflation rate?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The permissibility of interest at or below the rate of inflation is not supported by Al-Qalam and the majority of scholars.  Please see the following link: Rather, any loan that attracts a conditional increment is not permitted. This […]