Can someone stuck in a ribā-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the ribā-based loan first?

 Q: Can someone stuck in a riba-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the riba-based loan first, given that is a duty, and thereafter resume with giving voluntary charitable donations? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One who has taken a haram loan or a conventional mortgage should […]

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Is it permissible to under-declare income for a means-tested grant?

Q: I would like to know, if a student applies for a means tested grant, is the money halal, if the parent is required to declare their income in the application and they fail to declare it truthfully.  Is the student blameworthy for applying despite not being able to persuade the parent to declare their […]

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Income made from a property bought through a haram mortgage

Q: I am renting out a property which is currently on an unlawful mortgage. Is the income/profit made from this property therefore unlawful too? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst it is unlawful to take out an interest-based mortgage the mortgage funds themselves are not unlawful. It is the interest one pays […]

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Is it permissible for an accountant to produce external reports for banks?

Q: I currently work for my own company specialising in providing Accountancy Services mainly to large Corporate businesses. I work 6-12 month contracts on projects or providing short term cover. My contracts are primarily in the Banking sector. My key responsibilities are to support the production of external reporting for the Bank so that it […]

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Is it permissible to purchase stocks using call and put options?

Q: Is it permissible to purchase stocks using call and put options? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: Call and put options are essentially the sale of a right which one party gives to another in return for a fee. The option holder purchases the option to hedge against possible negative […]

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Does Islam encourage people to work even if the only work they can find is low paid manual employment?

Q: Does Islam encourage people to work even if the only work they can find is low paid manual employment? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: It is clear that Islam encourages hard work, enterprise and self sufficiency.[1] Even when one is rightfully eligible to receive from the public treasury it […]

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Can I insure my business?

Q: I’m in the process of opening an Internet pharmacy and just needed clarification on which types of insurance would be permissible Employers liability. This is a legal requirement when employing staff and is to cover them in case of personal injury etc at work. If there was to be an incident then the potential […]

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The charity I work for is funded by banks and Big Lottery Fund: will my wage be halal?

Q: I have some questions regarding employment. I work in the non profit sector so for charities and community organisations. My first question is when applying to these jobs sometimes they state the funding has been granted from such and such organisation. This organisations sometimes is the Big Lottery Fund and also banks such a […]

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Can I be employed in a job for which the remuneration will be from the funding received by The National Lottery?

Q: Can I be employed in a job for which the remuneration will be from the funding received by The National Lottery?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst participating in the National Lottery is a major sin, it is permissible to receive funding from the National Lottery and to be paid for permissible […]

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Is it permissible for an Islamic institute to apply for a grant from the big lottery fund?

Q: Can you clarify whether its permissible for an Islamic institution to apply for a grant from the big lottery fund, either to Build a community centre operated by the Masjid Any other community building To build a masjid I understand buying a lottery ticket is impermissable, however is it permissable apply for a grant […]

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