Taking possession of certain assets without the approval of the heirs

Q: My wife works for the council. She visits properties where the tenant has died and left a lot of valuable stuff.: a) Can she take the items because. If she needs to look for an heir and she finds just one heir, who gives her permission to take the stuff (without regard for any other heirs […]

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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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My mother agreed to let her property be used for a madrassa, however she now needs to sell the property due to financial hardships. Is she able to do this?

Q: My mother agreed to let her property be used for a madrassa, however she now needs to sell the property due to financial hardships. Is she able to do this? My mother has been donating money to Islamic projects in the past and came across an Imam who wanted to establish a madrasa in […]

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Is solvent extraction in perfumary permissible?

Q: I would like your advice on clarifying rulings on solvent extraction in perfumary. There are certain oil fragrances that is extracted from plant based based materials using solvent i.e. ethyl Alcohol. These are oils such as vanilla absolutes, Tonka  bean absolutes, tobacco absolutes which are core ingredients used extensively in perfumary. After the alcohol is […]

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Making a ‘waqf’ of a share from a jointly owned asset

Q: If I own a property jointly with another person, can I make Waqf of my half share?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: This depends firstly on the nature of the waqf and then on the nature of the property. In the first instance, if the waqf is for the purpose […]

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Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation?

Q:  Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation? ‎الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The Al-Qalam Scholars Panel (Al-Qalam) does not currently supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation (NZF). The supervisory relationship between Al-Qalam and NZF existed from 2012 until 2016 […]

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Is it permissible to declare false earnings?

Q: It is permissible to show false earnings to get the Islamic home finance? Also will the rental money earned from such property be halal?   A: Declaring false earning is not permissible as it is prohibited to deceive others. The prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever deceived us is not one of us”. [Muslim] […]

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Can we take part into the Free Postcode Lottery?

Q: I came across the Free Postcode Lottery http://freepostcodelottery.com/ http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/free-postcode-lottery#fpl and was wondering whether this is Halal to take part in? You don’t pay to enter and they are funded by advertising.   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The is no apparent prohibition in entering the Free Postcode Lottery.

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What is the current status of the Shari’ah compliant student finance that was expected to be introduced by 2016?

The government indicated that it expected to implement an alternative (Shari’ah compliant) student finance scheme by 2016, following its consultation published in September 2014. The government has since revised its expectations for delivering any such scheme to 2018 at the earliest, details of this confirmation can be found in the recent white paper, entitled ‘Higher […]

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Paying someone to get results of fixed matches and then betting accordingly

Q: My spouse has been gambling for 3 years. Over these years the family has  been through hell. As a result of his gambling he has lost over half a million pounds. All his hard work has been wasted. He still has an  outstanding debt of 15 thousand pounds to pay. The family is just  surviving […]

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