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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As a website owner, can I get commission from their profit?

Q: People use my site to auction their cars and I get a percentage cut from their profit. Is this permissible, given that I do not own their cars? And I get commission from their profit? A: Whilst you may charge a fee for the usage of your site the fee must be known.  You […]

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What is the Islamically correct way to contract a property developer to build a house for you?

Q: A buyer agrees with a property development company that they will pay the full price now for a house/flat now even though the property is still under construction. Once the house is complete, the buyer will then move into the property. During the period of construction, the property development company will pay rent for […]

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What’s the Islamic ruling on options to buy/sell something in the future?

Q: Are two parties allowed to simply agree to an ‘option’ for both parties in the future? For example, A agrees to an option with B that A may/may not buy something in the future. Likewise, B also agrees to an option to sell/not sell in future. Is this allowed?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه […]

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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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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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What are the Islamic rules regarding ownership of Gifts for Inheritance Tax purposes?

Q: In the UK, it is possible through a UK inheritance tax law, known as the 7 year rule for a mother to transfer ownership of a home to her son.   The idea is that when the transfer is made, the individual who gifts the property has to live for 7 years for there to […]

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Is the Takaful model the government wants to introduce for funding university tuition permissible?

Q. Please can you advise as to the shariah permissibility of the Takaful model the government wishes to introduce as alternative finance for funding university tuition fees? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A. The tentative opinion of Al-Qalam Panel is that an amended version of the Takāful model proposed in the BIS consultation […]

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Is it permissible to buy and sell precious metals and commodities on the market?

Q: I am interested in trading precious metals and commodities on the market and wanted to know if this is halal. Looking at the market they seem to sell silver based on GBP. Am I allowed to buy and sell these items in the same way shares are bought and sold, in order to gain […]

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Is one regarded as sinful for delaying the paying of zakat to such an extent that a year passes?

Q: My zakat is calculated yearly on 16th Sha’ban. This year for example, it was £500. My habit is to split the £500 into 11 monthly payments. My aim is to pay the zakat £500 before the next years Sha’ban. However, sometimes I budget and maybe miss a few months. Thus for example by 16th […]

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Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives?

  Q: Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives? Most spouses would have joint finances and liabilities or would treat theirs as such. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakāt is strictly a personal obligation.  Even in jointly […]

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Is it necessary for Zakat to be allocated and spent within 1 year of receiving the donation?

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 […]

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