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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How should ownership of a house be divided if both spouses contribute towards regular payments and also the initial deposit?

Q: How should ownership of a house be divided if both spouses contribute towards regular payments and also the initial deposit?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The ownership of your brother’s house depends on the understanding at the time of purchase between your brother and his wife.  If the understanding was that the […]

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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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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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How much should I be paying as child maintenance to my ex-wife?

Q: How much should I be paying as child maintenance to my ex-wife? The issues I have are quite straightforward. How much should a man be giving as maintenance to his wife/ex-wife for the children because the amount calculated by the Child Support Agency is ridiculous? Also, how can it be justified if the father […]

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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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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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