My employer wants me to exaggerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client

Q: My employer wants me to exagerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You cannot make a dishonest claim even if it is at the insistence of your employer. If it is normal practice that the time taken to register the time […]

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Can I sell property to a buyer with a conventional mortgage?

Q: Can I sell property to a buyer with a conventional mortgage? We are in the business of buying and selling properties in the U.K. and wish to ensure that our business is ethical, halâl and permissible. We list below the 3 options of conducting our business on which we would be pleased if you […]

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Is it permissible to open a current account with a bank which offers cashback on household bills?

Q: Is it permissible to open a current account with a bank which offers cashback on household bills?   الجواب خامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: This is a form of riba as the money deposited with a bank is a loan which brings the added benefit of a discount when using the account to pay […]

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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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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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Does Islam encourage people to work even if the only work they can find is low paid manual employment?

Q: Does Islam encourage people to work even if the only work they can find is low paid manual employment? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: It is clear that Islam encourages hard work, enterprise and self sufficiency.[1] Even when one is rightfully eligible to receive from the public treasury it […]

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Can someone stuck in a ribā-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the ribā-based loan first?

 Q: Can someone stuck in a riba-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the riba-based loan first, given that is a duty, and thereafter resume with giving voluntary charitable donations? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One who has taken a haram loan or a conventional mortgage should […]

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Is income generated from selling musical instruments haram?

Q: I have a question re income generated from selling musical instruments. In my ‘pre-practising’ days I had purchased musical equipment such as keyboards and subwoofers. The money used to purchase these back then was Halal. If I did now sell these, is the money I make still deemed as Halal? And if for some […]

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Is working for the financial conduct authority permissible?

Q: Is working for the financial conduct authority permissible? I understand that they regulate all businesses including banks, and set the standard for all businesses. I also know that you have to work closely to the banking industry as part of this role. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب This will depend upon the principle […]

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Is it permissible to use a non-islamic business account that does not accrue interest?

Q: Is it permissible to use a non-islamic business account that does not accrue interest for a ltd company? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is permitted to use an account of a conventional interest-based bank that does not bear interest for a limited company. Any deposits in the account are essentially a […]

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Do I have to pay tax on tips received during employment?

Q: Does my husband have to pay tax separately for small tips received during his employment? (For example, an average of £5 cash in hand per day). If it is obligatory to pay tax on this and he refuses to do so what is my extent of my obligation towards getting him to do this? […]

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