Q&A Fatawa

Is it permissible to purchase car insurance in instalments?

Q: Is it permissible to purchase car insurance in installments due to necessity when one cannot afford a one off payment. installments also have an added interest charge per month. For example: a one off payment will cost 1000 pounds and in 12 installments it’ll cost 1200 pounds. As insurance contains elements of interest could […]

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Is it permissible for an Islamic institute to apply for a grant from the big lottery fund?

Q: Can you clarify whether its permissible for an Islamic institution to apply for a grant from the big lottery fund, either to Build a community centre operated by the Masjid Any other community building To build a masjid I understand buying a lottery ticket is impermissable, however is it permissable apply for a grant […]

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Is it illegal to pay for services in cash?

Q: I had a question pertaining to taxes with reference to an earlier fatwa published on your website: http://alqalam.org.uk/fatawa/can-i-be-held-liable-for-the-tax-evasion-of-my-employers/ In Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency(CRA) warns about what is called the Underground Economy (UE) [http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/undergroundeconomy/]. In light of thi 1) Is it permissible for Muslims to avail of services where the service provider(such as a […]

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Is the government contribution in the help to buy scheme permissible?

Q: Is it permissible to have a savings account for a help to buy scheme where, if u have about £12000 the government will give you £3000?   الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: The contribution paid by the government in an Help to Buy: ISA is actually a gift and not […]

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Is it permissible to work in the tax department of the HMRC which is likely to have some involvement in interest based transactions?

Q: Is it permissible to work in the tax department of the HMRC which is likely to have some involvement in interest based transactions? I enquired from HMRC whether or not throughout the role there is any interest related transactions such as charging or taking interest, I got the following reply “In respect of charging interest […]

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Should one opt for third party or fully comprehensive insurance cover if third party is more expensive as is the case in many situations?

Q: Should one opt for third party or fully comprehensive insurance cover if third party is more expensive as is the case in many situations?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: You should opt for the cheapest quote irrespective of the level of cover as the purpose is to fulfill a […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on money held for a minor?

Q: I gifted my son £1,000 and hold this in an account in my son’s name. However prior to his 18th birthday he is not able to access that money without my consent. In this instance is he liable for zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: This would be considered […]

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Are we permitted to work in a bank or insurance company if our job is limited to a non-haram part of the business (e.g. as an IT technician)?

Q: Are we permitted to work in a bank or insurance company if our job is limited to a non-ḥarām part of the business (e.g. as an IT technician)? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: When working as an employee in a business where a major portion of the business does […]

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Are the products offered by Al Rayan bank Shari’ah compliant?

Q: Are the Home Purchase and Buy to let products offered by Al Rayan Shari’ah compliant? A: Al Qalam Shariah Panel have not audited Al Rayan bank’s products hence we are not able to comment on their shariah compliance. Each of the banks that offer Shari’ah compliant home purchase plans have a panel of external […]

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Can I work in a supermarket if I process harām items such as alcohol at the till?

Q: Can I work in a supermarket if I process harām items such as alcohol at the till? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The legal advice that I have been given is that under English law there is no presumption of agency between a till operator and the supermarket owner/s and that the till […]

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