Should I be paying for the maintenance of my sister if my parents are deceased?

Q: Should I be paying for the maintenance of my sister if my parents are deceased? I am working in the UK and my eldest sister lives in India with my other sister after the death of my elder brother few years back. My other sister bears all the expenditure for my eldest sister at […]

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Can I sell property to a buyer with a conventional mortgage?

Q: Can I sell property to a buyer with a conventional mortgage? We are in the business of buying and selling properties in the U.K. and wish to ensure that our business is ethical, halâl and permissible. We list below the 3 options of conducting our business on which we would be pleased if you […]

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Am I allowed to give zakat to my husband’s mother?

Q: My husband’s family live abroad, they are not well off at all and his mother needs cancer medicine.  I think his father would have savings above the nisab (and not be eligible for zakat) but his mother on her own doesn’t have her own savings, would it be permissible to give my zakat directly […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on my salary, if I haven’t received it?

Q: What is the ruling in relation to zakāh on my salary? For e.g. an individual who is paid his salary at the end of the month has to calculate his zakāh on the 25th of the month. Does he have to pay zakāh on the proportion of salary owed to him on the 25th […]

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Is it permissible to open a current account with a bank which offers cashback on household bills?

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 […]

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What is the ruling on life insurance?

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: […]

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Is interest permissible if below the inflation rate?

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: http://www.1stethical.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/StudentLoans.pdf Rather, any loan that attracts a conditional increment is not permitted. This […]

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If one has to pay money to apply for a grant, would this be considered gambling?

Q: If one has to pay money to apply for a grant, would this be considered gambling?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If the fee represents real costs for processing the application it is permissible to charge such fee.

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What happens to the wealth of a revert if they leave no Muslim inheritors?

Q: What happens to the wealth of a revert if they leave no Muslim inheritors?     الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: A revert who leaves no Muslim inheritors may bequeath up to one third of his/her residual estate to non-Muslim relatives and friends etc.  Under an Islamic system, the remaining two thirds […]

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Is it permissible to pay for a Gold Safekeeping Facility for fixed monthly fee?

Q: Is it permissible to pay for a Gold Safekeeping Facility for fixed monthly fee (charged in proportion to the weight of Gold that is safeguarded)? http://www.amanabank.lk/en/personalbanking/banking-services/gold-safekeeping-facility As outlined on the above site, this service also includes a facilty to borrow ’emergency cash’ secured against the safe kept gold. The bank has said that the […]

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