What is the Islamic position on CFD Trading?

Q: What is the Islamic position on CFD Trading? I know Spread Betting is not allowed and is fundamentally different to CFD Trading as the former is a synthetic market that can be manipulated by the market makers. Additionally, with regards to ‘owning the stock’, an individual does not own the stock if bought via […]

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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 it permissible to take an offset mortgage?

Q: Many conventional banks have products called ‘Offset’ Mortgages. These are mortgages whereby:  If i have a mortgage of 50K and savings of 50K the savings offsets the interest on the remaining mortgage value. So in the above case 50K mortgage, 50K savings means zero interest.  Hence, is it permitted to take a conventional mortgage whereby […]

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Is the final salary/defined benefit scheme permissible?

Q: I am a teacher in a secondary and one thing that is offered to all teachers is the Teacher Pension scheme. such a scheme or any pension scheme deemed as halal, would it be better to opt-out of such schemes? It is the teacher pension scheme offered by the government. Each month an amount […]

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Is it acceptable to take a shari’ah compliant loan arranged by the Financing Sharia Enterprise?

Q: The government backed Start Up Loans Company is offering a shariah compliant loan to customers wanting a halal alternative. The shariah compliant loan is being arranged by the Financing Sharia Enterprise and from their website it appears they are using the Mudaraba system. Is this acceptable according to shari’ah? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه […]

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Permissibility of Sealed and Unsealed Bids When Selling Properties

Q: If two or more parties have offered the asking price of a property. The standard process is for the estate agent to enter all interested parties into sealed or un-sealed bids in order to achieve the best possible price for the propery.  Usually this results in offers being made  above the asking price. Sealed […]

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Is it permissible to lie in order to obtain and maintain a job?

Q: Under exceptional circumstances, I understand one can lie. If someone has not had a job for a long time and desperately equires an income, can they lie in order to secure a job? What if they have witnessed others lie for the job and get it? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Even if […]

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Is it permissible to use copyrighted materials for business use?

Q: Is it permissible to use copyrighted materials for business use?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The issue of copyright is a disputed issue amongst Muslim scholars.  Some scholars accept the concept arguing that there is no express provision in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah that restricts ownership to tangible property.  Others scholars […]

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Is it permissible for me to ask a colleague who is a student to use his student identification to get the discount, knowing that it’s for me?

Q: I want to buy some software for my computer for the overall benefit of the charitable organisation I work for, is it permissible to ask a colleague who is a student to use his student ID to get the discount, knowing that it is in fact for my work usage? Will my colleague be […]

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Would one be held liable Islamically, it they were to die before paying off thier student loan?

Q: When one dies still owing some student loan, it is written off. What is the Islamic perspective on this? Will we still be held accountable for this in front of Allah? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: As the loan is written off the borrower will not be held accountable for not […]

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Can I be held liable for the tax evasion of my employers?

Q: What is the ruling on tax in Islam; specifically, employment tax? If I have a job where I am given cash in hand, so that the company can avoid tax, would I also be liable for escaping tax?  Alternatively if I am hired privately to do a one off job, for example to paint […]

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