Is it permissible to take out a business loan or commercial loan?

Q: If looking to buy and take over a business, is it permissible to take out a business loan or commercial loan? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not permissible to take out a conventional business loan when looking to buy and take over a business.  A an interest bearing loan is […]

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Is the NewShare scheme shariah compliant?

Q: My local council offers this scheme, called Newham NewShare  . From the website it states: “An equity loan from us will make up the difference. The type of property you want to buy will decide what percentage of the cost you will have to fund from a mortgage and deposit. Equity loan fee When […]

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Is the PayPal Working Capital scheme shariah compliant?

Q: Please could you have a look at the new scheme from PayPal called ‘PayPal Working Capital’ and let me know if it’s permissible, I have had a few people ask me and after looking at it, the scheme looks promising, but my limited knowledge cannot determine if it is indeed Sharia compliant?  الجواب حامدا […]

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Can I be a partner in a company that borrows interest based loans?

Q: I want to buy a business with a Muslim friend, and I want to avoid using an interest bearing loan from the bank. My friend has studied the issue of interest and holds the opinion it is permissible in this country. If the bank agrees to loan the money to my friend whilst I make a contribution towards […]

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How does the proposed Shari’ah compliant student finance Takaful model work?

The proposed Takaful model is based on the principle of mutual co-operation and guarantee. Whilst a conventional loan contract requires the applicant to pay interest on the amount borrowed, the Takaful contract requires the applicant to make a unilateral promise to make future charitable donations in exchange for the Takaful fund paying for the applicants […]

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What is the current status of the Shari’ah compliant student finance that was expected to be introduced by 2016?

The government indicated that it expected to implement an alternative (Shari’ah compliant) student finance scheme by 2016, following its consultation published in September 2014. The government has since revised its expectations for delivering any such scheme to 2018 at the earliest, details of this confirmation can be found in the recent white paper, entitled ‘Higher […]

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Can I pursue a career in the financial sector?

Q: For a long time now I have decided to study accountancy and other finance based subjects at university and go on to do a masters degree in Islamic Finance. My understanding is that Islam does not permit any use of interest and even those who deal with interest i.e. accountants, have sinned just by […]

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Do we have to verify the source of income of an investor before going into partnership with them?

Q: We are planning to start a school in India. Our intention is to start with a conducive learning environment to our Muslim children without compromising our ethics and values, which is totally missing in non-muslim institutions. Though the school is based on a business model, all investors have agreed to pay back 40% of the […]

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How to determine the unlawful percentage received from dividends?

Q: I would like to know with regards to investing in stocks and shares more specifically on purification of the income received as a result of an investment in a company that is sharia compliant according to your screening criteria outlined in the article on ‘investing in stocks and shares’ http://alqalam.org.uk/research-papers/investment-in-stocks-and-shares/. The question I would like to […]

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The time value of money in Islam

Q:  A father invested 850,000 rupees into an interest profit scheme in Pakistan in 1995 in one of his sons name. In 1995 the value of the rupees was strong. The rupees rate to the English pound was £1=55 rupees. Therefore 850,000 rupees was £15,454 in the year 1995. After 20 years, in 2015 the interest […]

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Can we use the unlawful earnings to pay off a mortgage?

Q: I have £1000 profit worth of shares in a bank (they were acquired through the banks company share save scheme which i’m an employee in the IT department.) I also have a mortgage with the same bank. Is it permissible for me to use the £1000 profit from the shares to pay towards reduction in mortgage. Note […]

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