How can I finance a new business without getting a loan?

Q: How can I finance a new business without getting a loan? My aim is to open a business but for the capital I would need to go to the bank, which they have agreed to lend. But on the other hand I feel this is forbidden as it involves interest. This is my only […]

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If a Muslim is working as a cab driver, can they charge a customer who wants to go to a pub or nightclub?

Q: If a Muslim is working as a cab driver, can they charge a customer who wants to go to a pub or nightclub? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: The basic principle in this type of issue is that according to Imām Abū Yūsuf and Imām Muḥammad if an individual […]

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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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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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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 it permissible to under-declare income for a means-tested grant?

Q: I would like to know, if a student applies for a means tested grant, is the money halal, if the parent is required to declare their income in the application and they fail to declare it truthfully.  Is the student blameworthy for applying despite not being able to persuade the parent to declare their […]

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Is it permissible for an accountant to produce external reports for banks?

Q: I currently work for my own company specialising in providing Accountancy Services mainly to large Corporate businesses. I work 6-12 month contracts on projects or providing short term cover. My contracts are primarily in the Banking sector. My key responsibilities are to support the production of external reporting for the Bank so that it […]

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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 I be employed in a job for which the remuneration will be from the funding received by The National Lottery?

Q: Can I be employed in a job for which the remuneration will be from the funding received by The National Lottery?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst participating in the National Lottery is a major sin, it is permissible to receive funding from the National Lottery and to be paid for permissible […]

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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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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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