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Since mutual funds do not guarantee any fixed returns, can moslems invest in them?

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Assalam alaikum,

I am a working professional in Mumbai, India and as such am obliged to pay Income Tax. However, there are some means to save this high amount of taxation. One of these is investing in Mutual Funds. And my question is regarding this issue. I would like to know if it is halal to invest in mutual funds. I have read that in the US, they have Islamic Mutual Funds which are governed by Shariah law and hence permissible. However, there is no such provision in India and since mutual funds do not guarantee any fixed returns, can moslems invest in them?

 

Kindly help me out and guide me towards the correct path.

Jazak Allah

 

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Invest in mutual funds

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Your Question: I would like to know if it is halal to invest in mutual funds

Beloved brother, provided the stocks of the companies which are held by the mutual-fund do not indulge in dealing in what has been specifically declared as haraam and unlawful by Allah and His Messenger (saws) (like alcohol, interest, gambling, prostitution, etc.); then obviously there is absolutely no harm if a believer wishes to invest in such mutual funds.

 

But if the companies whose stocks are held by a mutual-fund deal or transact their business in a commodity which is unlawful in Shariah, then it would be unlawful and haraam for a believer to invest in such mutual-funds, regardless of his reasons!

 

If one amongst the mutual-funds do not guarantee a fixed return, that by itself would not make it lawful for the believers to invest in it; for if the primary commodity of the companies whose stocks are held by the mutual-fund conduct their business in a haraam or unlawful product, regardless of whether it offers fixed returns or not.to invest in such a mutual-fund would be unlawful for the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day.

 

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