Is it permissible to take out a business loan or commercial loan?

Q: If looking to buy and take over a business, is it permissible to take out a business loan or commercial loan? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not permissible to take out a conventional business loan when looking to buy and take over a business.  A an interest bearing loan is […]

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Is a husband obliged to pay back the debt of his wife?

Q: Is my wife’s student loan something that I as the husband should be considering repaying back on her behalf, on the basis that she may not go back into employment? Does the loan become the husband’s responsibility? What if the husband is currently in the process of clearing his own personal debts?   الجواب […]

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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 take a loan that gives a choice between paying the principal within a defined period or the payment of an increment after the period?

Q: Can I take a loan that gives a choice between paying the principal within a defined period or the payment of an increment after the period? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: In principle, any loan that gives a choice between paying just the principal within a defined period or the payment […]

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Am I responsible if my wife engages in interest-based activities?

Q: Am I responsible if my wife engages in interest-based activities? I understand that riba is a very serious and major sin. I have been Muslim for four years and am looking to marry a sister insha’Allah. But I just found out recently that she is paying for an interest-only mortgage for her family’s home […]

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Is paying back a student loan a requirement before going on Hajj?

Q: My husband and I have applied to go on hajj this year inshAllah. I was reminded by my husband however that I have not paid back my student loan of £9000, which i took out before I got married, to help pay fees and expenses of 3 years of a degree in Medicine. I say […]

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Are the products offered by Al Rayan bank Shari’ah compliant?

Q: Are the Home Purchase and Buy to let products offered by Al Rayan Shari’ah compliant? A: Al Qalam Shariah Panel have not audited Al Rayan bank’s products hence we are not able to comment on their shariah compliance. Each of the banks that offer Shari’ah compliant home purchase plans have a panel of external […]

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Can interest money be used for paying Council Tax and car insurance?

Q: Can interest money received be used for paying Council Tax and car insurance? Additionally should interest money be disposed with non Islamic charities? A: Interest money cannot be used to pay council tax or car insurance. It should instead be given to the poor or utilised in public welfare projects without any intention of […]

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Is it permissible to have a fixed return in a profit sharing agreement?

Q: Is it permissible to have a fixed return in the following profit sharing agreement?  A lender agrees to provide an interest free loan to a businessman.  Separately, the businessman will in the near future be completing a trade and selling certain goods to his customer.  The lender wants to raise a contract to stipulate that the businessman will pay back the […]

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Penalty for missed payments

Q: I’m renting a commercial shop and the contract has a clause regarding missed payments and interest etc… Can I say to ‘seller/landlord’ I will pay 10% on the rental amount if the rent is missed by 7 days and 20% if it’s missed by 14days? Please advise.   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب […]

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Can we take out an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) for paying off debts?

Q: I have a huge amount of debts and I am considering taking out an IVA plan even though I can make the payments to the companies, Is it permissible for me to take an IVA  which means I will not pay back all the money I owe to the creditors which means up to 60% […]

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