Is one sinful while studying with a Interest (ribā)-based student loan? And will one be will considered as consuming ribā?

Q: Is one sinful while studying with a Interest (ribā)-based student loan? And will one be will considered as consuming ribā?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Under the current student loan agreement the student does not consume ribā. Rather, the student agrees with the Student Loan Company, that he will pay […]

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Is paying off a person’s debt permissible if that debt was taken out for something deemed impermissible in Sharī‘ah?

Q: Is paying off a person’s debt permissible if that debt was contracted for something deemed impermissible in Sharī‘ah?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: In principle, if you gift or lend someone some money that person is free to utilise that money in whichever way he/she feels even if you have […]

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My father said that if he gives me money as a gift, I must buy a house. Is this a type of riba statement?

Q: My father said that if he gives me money as a gift, I must buy a house.  Is this a type of riba statement?    الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If your father gives you some money and stipulates that you must purchase a house therewith, irrespective as to whether the […]

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Can a loan be transferred to a 3rd party?

Q: I have taken a loan from  my sister and then I have lent the money to a 3rd party  on the condition that, they will repay back the loan to my sister directly. Am I still responsible for the loan? If yes then how do I include it in my Will? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You remain responsible for […]

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Can we use the unlawful earnings to pay off a mortgage?

Q: I have £1000 profit worth of shares in a bank (they were acquired through the banks company share save scheme which i’m an employee in the IT department.) I also have a mortgage with the same bank. Is it permissible for me to use the £1000 profit from the shares to pay towards reduction in mortgage. Note […]

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Can we take a mortgage in order to own one house?

Q: Alhamdulilah my family has kept away from bank loans and mortgages due to interest involvements but as everyone knows house is a necessity so some scholars do say one can compromise on interest issues when it comes to buying one house in your life time,please clarify how strong is this argument.what should one do in […]

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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 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 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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Is it permissible to take a business loan which requires payment of an insurance premium?

Hawkesbay Investment Corporation Limited The business is in conformity with standards and in line with normal  corporate ethics. Based on the loans agreement   drafted by our client and we guarantee that our client will only enter into a legitimate  business transaction as proposed with the funds. Legal & General Insurance  company  hereby  guarantee the safety […]

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Is the government contribution in the help to buy scheme permissible?

Q: Is it permissible to have a savings account for a help to buy scheme where, if u have about £12000 the government will give you £3000?   الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: The contribution paid by the government in an Help to Buy: ISA is actually a gift and not […]

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