My question is brother I have Bank Account which I got there amount of money as a saving for me. At the end of each month they add for me same very small amount of interest.
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My question is brother I have Bank Account which I got there amount of money as a saving for me. At the end of each month they add for me same very small amount of interest. But if I close this Account and open an other one they will charge me every month $5 access fee. Therefore, the money I have in my account they are using every month in order them to make more money of it then they give me 5% the money they make out of it. So my question is is this Halal for me Jaza kuma laahu khayr.
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Small interest Halaal
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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 274-276:
But those who devour riba become like the one whom Shaitaan has bewitched and maddened by his touch. They have been condemned to this condition because they say, Trade is just like riba, whereas Allah has made trade halaal and riba haraam. Henceforth, if one abstains from taking riba after receiving this admonition from his Lord, no legal action shall be taken against him regarding the riba he had devoured before: his case shall ultimately go to Allah. But if one repeats the same crime even after this, he shall go to Hell, where he shall abide for ever! Allah deprives riba of all blessing and develops charity, and Allah does not like an ungrateful, sinful person.
Allah says further in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 278:
O Believers!, fear Allah and give up that riba which is still due to you, if you are true believers. But if you do not do so, then you are warned of the declaration of war against you by Allah and His Messenger!
My dear and beloved brother in Islam, Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared the consumption of riba and interest as absolutely haraam and impermissible for the believers; thus regardless of whether the interest being received is US$5 million or US$0.05 cents, such an addition to ones capital would be considered absolutely impure and haraam for the believers.
If you have absolutely no other option but to pay US$5.00 to stay away from involving yourself in interest, my dear and beloved brother, as your sincere well-wishers in Islam we assure you that it would indeed be a very small price to pay compared to the price one who devours or consumes any of the haraam interest would have to pay in the Presence of the Lord Most High on an Inevitable Day.
Whether it is 1 cent or a million dollars, interest is interest; and the consumption of interest is absolutely forbidden for the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,