Q&A Fatawa

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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Do I have to pay zakah on a loan that won’t be repaid to me?

Q: Do I have to pay zakāh on a loan that won’t be repaid to me? If a lender has lost all hope of recovering his loan how should he treat the outstanding amount for the purposes of zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: If a lender has lost all […]

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Please can you advise on the Shariah permissibility of guarantees and extended warranties.

Q: Please can you advise on the Shariah permissibility of guarantees and extended warranties. By guarantees I mean when the manufacturer gives a guarantee for a product without any monetary compensation and extended warranty where essentially a guarantee for the product is purchased. الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: Guarantee The […]

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Can I give my wealth to my children during my lifetime?

Q: Can I give my wealth to my children during my lifetime? I understand that when writing a will the Qurʾān tells us how our wealth should be distributed, e.g. 2/3 to the son and 1/3 to each of two daughters. But if I want to give my wealth to my children during my lifetime […]

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Are Muslims permitted to eat food bought from haram income (such as money falsely claimed in government benefits)?

Q: Are Muslims permitted to eat food bought from ḥarām income (such as money falsely claimed in government benefits)? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: If one receives state benefits fraudulently the amount of excess benefit so received without entitlement must be returned to the state. If the excess benefit is […]

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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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Can I be a partner in a company that borrows interest based loans?

Q: I want to buy a business with a Muslim friend, and I want to avoid using an interest bearing loan from the bank. My friend has studied the issue of interest and holds the opinion it is permissible in this country. If the bank agrees to loan the money to my friend whilst I make a contribution towards […]

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Can Gift Aid Small be used for construction or running costs for a Masjid/Madrasah?

Q: Is it possible to claim using the Gift Aid Small Donation and use these funds for contruction or running costs for a Masjid/Madrasah project – especially as it’s not clear whether this is donors income tax or general public funds? Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme allows charities to claim gift aid on anonymous (e.g. bucket) […]

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