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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Will I be sinful if I stop my financial support to a person?

Q: I have agreed, as goodwill, to support a widowed aunt on a monthly basis. What are my rights here? What if I wish to stop sending financial support to my aunt at some point (or skip sending money for a few months and resume after)? Will it be sinful if I don’t send money […]

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Is it permissible to declare false earnings?

Q: It is permissible to show false earnings to get the Islamic home finance? Also will the rental money earned from such property be halal?   A: Declaring false earning is not permissible as it is prohibited to deceive others. The prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever deceived us is not one of us”. [Muslim] […]

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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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Can we take part into the Free Postcode Lottery?

Q: I came across the Free Postcode Lottery http://freepostcodelottery.com/ http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/free-postcode-lottery#fpl and was wondering whether this is Halal to take part in? You don’t pay to enter and they are funded by advertising.   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The is no apparent prohibition in entering the Free Postcode Lottery.

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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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