Are Muslims allowed to take interest money from the bank and use it to pay their own taxes or insurance premiums?

Q:Are Muslims allowed to take interest money from the bank and use it to pay their own taxes or insurance premiums? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: When needed, one should seek to open an account with an Islamic bank or the Islamic window of a conventional bank or a non-interest […]

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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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Is it permissible to take an offset mortgage?

Q: Many conventional banks have products called ‘Offset’ Mortgages. These are mortgages whereby:  If i have a mortgage of 50K and savings of 50K the savings offsets the interest on the remaining mortgage value. So in the above case 50K mortgage, 50K savings means zero interest.  Hence, is it permitted to take a conventional mortgage whereby […]

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Is it permissible to invest in a Sharesave scheme of a bank?

Q: Can you tell if the following two forms of investments are permissible from a sharia perspective.  Intention is to use the schemes as tax efficient vehicles only with a view of separating any impermissible profit and donating it to charity at the end of the scheme. 1. Sharesave – Sharesave scheme of a bank […]

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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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Is it permissible to take a business loan which requires payment of an insurance premium?

Hawkesbay Investment Corporation Limited The business is in conformity with standards and in line with normal  corporate ethics. Based on the loans agreement   drafted by our client and we guarantee that our client will only enter into a legitimate  business transaction as proposed with the funds. Legal & General Insurance  company  hereby  guarantee the safety […]

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Is my income haram if a percentage of my income is from haram means?

Q: I work for a software distribution company, where the revenue is generated by selling the software to different types of companies like Oil & Gas, Media, Banks, Hospitals, Airlines, etc. We are not sure how their revenue is generated. I understand that banks run on the concept of riba and it is haram to […]

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Is it permissible to use a non-islamic business account that does not accrue interest?

Q: Is it permissible to use a non-islamic business account that does not accrue interest for a ltd company? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is permitted to use an account of a conventional interest-based bank that does not bear interest for a limited company. Any deposits in the account are essentially a […]

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Is a Muslim better off earning no interest on money in the bank, or taking interest with intention of giving it to the poor?

Q: Is a Muslim better off earning no interest on money in the bank, or taking interest with intention of giving it to the poor?   الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: If it is possible to open an account with an Islamic bank or the Islamic window of a conventional bank and […]

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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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Is it haram to pay off interest I unknowingly accumulated?

Q: I have accumulated an interest based debt of which I had no previous knowledge. Is it haram for me to pay off this interest or am I allowed to pay it off in order to have a ‘clean slate’ so to speak. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You should first attempt to […]

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