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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Paying someone to get results of fixed matches and then betting accordingly

Q: My spouse has been gambling for 3 years. Over these years the family has  been through hell. As a result of his gambling he has lost over half a million pounds. All his hard work has been wasted. He still has an  outstanding debt of 15 thousand pounds to pay. The family is just  surviving […]

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How much is a husband obliged to give for the maintenance of his wife, given that this is his responsibility in Islam?

Q: How much is a husband  obliged to give for the maintenance of his wife, given that this is his responsibility in Islam?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The amount of maintenance payable depends on the status of both husband and wife and the norms in which they live and what is generally […]

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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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