Al-Qalam – Contemporary Financial and Legal Sharī‘ah Advice

Al-Qalam Sharī‘ah Scholar Panel seeks to provide a scholarly perspective on commonplace legal and financial questions and challenges facing Muslims living in Britain / the West. We specialise in Charity Giving (Zakāh), Wills and Inheritance Queries (Wasiyyah), Trusts, Pensions, Child Trust Funds, Divorce Settlements, Investment Permissibility, Business Contracts etc. We also offer chargeable advisory and sharia certification audit services on a ‘not-for-profit’ basis for businesses and professionals.

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Latest Updates

Q: What is the time-period for dispensing Zakat? Is it necessary for Zakat to be allocated and spent within 1 year of receiving the donation? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakat should be distributed as soon as possible.  If there are procedural delays in the PROPER discharge of zakat which includes proprietary […]


Q: Is it permissible for Zakat ul Fitr to be given in the form of cash or new clothes, or must it be spent on food?  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakatul Fitr can be given in the form of cash or new clothes and does not have to be spent on food.  […]


Q: Is comprehensive car insurance permitted or should third party insurance only be taken? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: In the case that only conventional insurance is available, if the requirements of the law are met by third party only insurance and this incurs less cost in payable premiums than […]