I know that taking or giving money on interest is haram.
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
I know that taking or giving money on interest is haram. But if someone donesn`t have any other option, like if someone wants to build a house and he has no other options (as now-a-days no one, even real brothers and sisters give 1.5 or 2 million rupees as loan) but to take loan from bank on interest. Would that also be haram? . Please guide me on this.
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Riba house lose paradise
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
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 2827 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Even though usury be much, it leads in the end to penury."
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.
Dear and beloved brother in Islam, it is neither the taking out of a loan nor a mortgage which by itself is unlawful or prohibited in Islam; what is unconditionally and specifically and categorically prohibited and absolutely unlawful in the Sight of Allah Subhanah is the interest element in the conventional interest-based loans and mortgages.
There is absolutely no harm in Shariah if one wishes or needs to take out a loan or a mortgage to fulfill their needs, provided the loan/mortgage is Shariah compliant and thus free of interest; but to indulge in an interest-based loan or mortgage would indeed be absolutely against the Guidance, Commands and Boundaries of Allah Subhanah.
Dear and beloved brother, buying a house to live in this short and transitory world is definitely not an obligatory duty of a believer; but obedience to the Commands and Guidance of the Lord Most Majestic is indeed an absolutely obligatory duty of every believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day!
Thus if a believer wishes to purchase a house for himself and his family to live in, and wishes not to ignite the Wrath and Anger of their Lord by dealing in the prohibited, here are his lawful options:
- Wait with patience till Allah provides him with enough sustenance to buy a house, or
- Rent or lease a suitable accommodation for himself and his family, or
- Seek to get an interest-free loan from some amongst his loved ones who are blessed with abundance by their Lord, or
- Seek to get an interest-free loan from a Shariah compliant Islamic Bank or financial institution.
But under absolutely no circumstances should a believer who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day risk the everlasting and eternal Gardens of the Hereafter in lieu of some paltry accommodation in the life of this short and transitory world by indulging in the abomination of riba, which has specifically been declared as unlawful by Allah and His Messenger (saws)!
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,