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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Taking possession of certain assets without the approval of the heirs

Q: My wife works for the council. She visits properties where the tenant has died and left a lot of valuable stuff.: a) Can she take the items because. If she needs to look for an heir and she finds just one heir, who gives her permission to take the stuff (without regard for any other heirs […]

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Am I responsible if my wife engages in interest-based activities?

Q: Am I responsible if my wife engages in interest-based activities? I understand that riba is a very serious and major sin. I have been Muslim for four years and am looking to marry a sister insha’Allah. But I just found out recently that she is paying for an interest-only mortgage for her family’s home […]

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My mother agreed to let her property be used for a madrassa, however she now needs to sell the property due to financial hardships. Is she able to do this?

Q: My mother agreed to let her property be used for a madrassa, however she now needs to sell the property due to financial hardships. Is she able to do this? My mother has been donating money to Islamic projects in the past and came across an Imam who wanted to establish a madrasa in […]

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Is solvent extraction in perfumary permissible?

Q: I would like your advice on clarifying rulings on solvent extraction in perfumary. There are certain oil fragrances that is extracted from plant based based materials using solvent i.e. ethyl Alcohol. These are oils such as vanilla absolutes, Tonka  bean absolutes, tobacco absolutes which are core ingredients used extensively in perfumary. After the alcohol is […]

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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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Making a ‘waqf’ of a share from a jointly owned asset

Q: If I own a property jointly with another person, can I make Waqf of my half share?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: This depends firstly on the nature of the waqf and then on the nature of the property. In the first instance, if the waqf is for the purpose […]

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Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation?

Q:  Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation? ‎الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The Al-Qalam Scholars Panel (Al-Qalam) does not currently supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation (NZF). The supervisory relationship between Al-Qalam and NZF existed from 2012 until 2016 […]

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Ruling on pre-agreed contribution towards bills?

Q: When living in a shared-family system, at some point, I agreed to contribute $350 monthly to a grocery fund which would be used to buy groceries (along money pooled by others). How long do I have to keep contributing $350 on a monthly basis? Can I reduce this amount if I feel I’m over-contributing? Similarly, […]

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