Is is permissible to give Zakah to someone in the form of food vouchers instead of cash?

Q: Is is permissible to give Zakah to someone in the form of food vouchers instead of cash?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is permissible to give food vouchers instead of cash.  However, the Zakah will only be discharged once the recipient receives the food.  A food voucher is an assignment of debt […]

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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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Where a specific Fatwā is delivered tolerating an otherwise problematic practise, can an individual avail himself to this if he does not fit those specific requirements?

Q: Where a Fatwā is delivered tolerating an otherwise problematic practise, can an individual avail himself to this if he does not need to?  I’m told that using cheques to cash money in accounts can be understood to become tolerated due to the need, as is also the case with car insurance. As far as I […]

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Is it permissible to be an accountant?

Q: Is it permissible to be an accountant? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is permissible to be an accountant.  However, one should not involve oneself in anything that is prohibited in Sharī‘ah or is unlawful according to the laws of the state.  The hadith in which the scribe and witnesses of riba […]

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Are my earnings as a waiter serving Haram food, considered as Halal income?

Q: Are my earnings as a waiter serving Haram food, considered as Halal income? In light of the fatwa regarding permissibility of working in supermarkets that sell alcohol, is it permissible for me to work as a waiter, serving Haram food?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst in principle the two scenarios are […]

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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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Can I reduce my tax liabilities through lying, as Islamically we are entitled to whatever we earn?

Q: Can I reduce my tax liabilities through lying, as Islamically we are entitled to whatever we earn? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If the revenues of the state are not sufficient to meet its expenditure needs a tax may be levied on the population provided it is proportionate to the need. […]

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Is trading “covered warrants” on the stock market permissible?

Q: Is trading “covered warrants” on the stock market permissible? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Warrants represent a right to purchase an asset similar to a call option and do not represent the underlying asset itself. Thus, they cannot be traded.

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Can I accept a marriage proposal from an investment banker?

Q: Can I accept a marriage proposal from an investment banker? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There is no sin in the marriage itself. However, if the marriage does go ahead then he will remain obligated to provide your maintenance via halal means and you should continue to encourage and urge him […]

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Is gold bought for personal use subject to Zakah?

Q: Is gold bought for personal use subject to Zakah? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Yes. According to the Hanafi opinion, gold and silver are always subject to Zakah, irrespective of whether it is for personal or business use, whether it is in nugget, coin, jewellery or other form. Gold is considered […]

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