Q&A Fatawa

Can I pay Zakat on my mothers behalf even though I have a student loan to repay? Will it be considered a Sadaqah for me?

Q: Can I pay Zakat on my mothers behalf even though I have a student loan to repay? Will it be considered a Sadaqah? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You can pay your mother’s Zakat on her behalf with her permission. This will be considered a Sadaqah for you.  Repayment of debt is a […]

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My children’s wealth does not reach the Nisab individually, but collectively it does, is Zakat due on the collective amount?

Q: My children’s wealth does not reach the Nisab individually, but collectively it does, is Zakat due on the collective amount?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakat is an individual payment to be paid on one’s own Zakatable assets but according to the Hanafi School the assets of children are not liable to […]

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Is leveraged trading through a broker providing interest free brokerage account permissible?

Q: Is leveraged trading through a broker providing interest free brokerage account permissible? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Leveraged trading is not permissible as you are selling something you don’t have or does not even exist.    

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Can I take medical insurance as part of my salary package?

Q: Can I take medical insurance as part of my salary package? If an employer gives you a choice between taking some extra cash other than salary or get medical benefits, and one knows that medical benefits / insurance is more beneficial to him in terms of his expenses, and therefore he chooses to get […]

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Is a Muslim better off earning no interest on money in the bank, or taking interest with intention of giving it to the poor?

Q: Is a Muslim better off earning no interest on money in the bank, or taking interest with intention of giving it to the poor?   الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: If it is possible to open an account with an Islamic bank or the Islamic window of a conventional bank and […]

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What is the ruling on Binary options trading?

Q: What is the ruing on Binary options trading?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A:  Please see the following link: http://alqalam.org.uk/fatawa/investments-fatwa/is-it-permissible-to-purchase-stocks-using-call-and-put-options/ Binary options (all-or-nothing options) are simply another form of call or put options and are not sanctioned in Islam.    

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Can one bequeath their house to a child or grandchild of theirs?

Q: Can one bequeath their house to a child or grandchild of theirs?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The lady is entitled to bequeath up to one third of her estate.  However, she cannot bequeath to anyone who is already an heir.  As her daughter is an heir she cannot be the […]

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If the wife was made the sole beneficiary of a will in exclusion of the children, and she received the entire estate – wrongly benefiting thereof for several years, is she now required to redistribute it according to Sharī’ah given that she has learnt of her error?r

Q: If the wife was made the sole beneficiary of a will in exclusion of the children, and she received the entire estate – wrongly benefiting thereof for several years, is she now required to redistribute it according to Sharī’ah given that she has learnt of her error?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب […]

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What happens to the wealth of a revert if they leave no Muslim inheritors?

Q: What happens to the wealth of a revert if they leave no Muslim inheritors?     الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: A revert who leaves no Muslim inheritors may bequeath up to one third of his/her residual estate to non-Muslim relatives and friends etc.  Under an Islamic system, the remaining two thirds […]

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If one has to pay money to apply for a grant, would this be considered gambling?

Q: If one has to pay money to apply for a grant, would this be considered gambling?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If the fee represents real costs for processing the application it is permissible to charge such fee.

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Is interest permissible if below the inflation rate?

Q: Is interest permissible if below the inflation rate?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The permissibility of interest at or below the rate of inflation is not supported by Al-Qalam and the majority of scholars.  Please see the following link: http://www.1stethical.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/StudentLoans.pdf Rather, any loan that attracts a conditional increment is not permitted. This […]

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Is comprehensive car insurance permitted or should third party insurance only be taken?

Q: Is comprehensive car insurance permitted or should third party insurance only be taken? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: In the case that only conventional insurance is available, if the requirements of the law are met by third party only insurance and this incurs less cost in payable premiums than […]

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