Deposit in saving scheme interest
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
pLEASE ALSO ANSWER MY TWO QUESTIONS
Q1- CAN A WIDOW CAN DEPOSIT IN SAVING SCHEMES WHO HAS NO SOURCE OF INCOME????
Q 2- CAN A RETIRED HUSBAND AND WIFE CAN DEPOSIT IN SAVING SCHEMES WHO DOES NOT HAVE ANY SOURCE OF INCOME AND SUFFERING FROM KIDNEY FAILURE AND ALMOST BLINDNESS CONDITION OF PATIENT???
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If the saving schemes are based on paying interest on the money deposited, then no matter what the circumstances or conditions, the interest earnings from such schemes would be considered absolutely illegal and haraam for the believers.
The Holy Quran is extremely clear regarding its commandments on riba or usury. Interest is considered a part of usury and thus the same laws will apply for it. For a believer, taking any interest is absolutely forbidden under any circumstances.
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!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisa verse 161: That they took riba, although they were forbidden. And that they devoured mens substance wrongfully. We have prepared for those among them who reject faith a grievous punishment (of Hell Fire)!
But if the deposit scheme is not based on the concept of interest and riba, like the many mudaraba, musharaka, or ijaarah schemes available in almost all the Islamic Banks and Institutions today; these earnings would be considered absolutely legal and halaal for the believers who wish to deposit their money under these schemes declared legal by the Shariah.
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Your Brother in Islam,