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What about Islamic banking and Islamic car financing.I had read a mail about car financing being haraam.What is the difference between the two. 


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Islamic car financing

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Islam neither prohibits banking, nor financing, nor car-financing, etc.; but what Allah and His Messenger (saws) have categorically declared absolutely haraam and forbidden is the usage and dealings of riba (usury, interest, etc.).


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!


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2829 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib

Ali said he heard Allah's Messenger (saws) invoke the curse of Allah on those who took usury, those who paid it, those who recorded it, and those who refused to give sadaqah.


Your Statement: I had read a mail about car financing being haraam.

If one finances ones purchase of a car or any product through a conventional interest-based bank, whereby the person pays the bank a fixed amount (interest) over and above the value of the car until the bank-loan has been paid; such types of financing which involves the transacting of interest would indeed be considered a forbidden transaction in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.


But if one wishes to purchase a car, and approaches a good reputable Islamic Financial Institution who claim to follow the principles of Shariah, and finance the car through them.such a transaction would be deemed absolutely legal in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.


What makes the transaction haraam or halaal is not the financing, but whether the financing is conventional interest-based or Islamically profit-based. It is the way and manner in which the transaction is structured which would signify the deal as permissible or forbidden.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,



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