Change to shariah Islamic banking.
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
I have a saving account in uae bank (standard charted), the same bank is also offering Isamic banking intrest free which they say shiria compliance, for this I have to close my saving account & have to open the new sharia complience account.
Should I keep the account in the same bank & transfer to sharia account or altogather change the bank?
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Change to shariah Islamic banking
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 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)!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 130-132:
130 O ye who believe! Devour not riba doubled and multiplied; but fear Allah; that ye may (really) prosper.
131 Fear the Fire which is prepared for those who reject faith.
132 And obey Allah and the Messenger; that ye may obtain mercy.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 30 Surah Rome verse 39:
39 That which ye lay out for riba through the property of (other) people will have no increase with Allah: but that which ye lay out for charity seeking the Countenance of Allah (will increase): it is these who will get a recompense multiplied.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 276:
276 Allah will deprive riba of all blessings, but He will give increase for deeds of charity: for He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.
Your Question: Should I keep the account in the same bank & transfer to sharia account or altogather change the bank?
Respected brother in Islam, it is the riba component utilized by the conventional interest-based bank which is specifically and categorically prohibited to the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day.
There is absolutely no harm if one keeps their money in a conventional bank, provided one does not earn or take any interest generated from those funds. But if the (same or another) bank offers a Shariah-compliant interest-free banking service, it would only be prudent for the believer to shift their account to the interest-free banking service and distance themselves completely from the elements of riba, which is categorically prohibited to the believers by Allah and His Messenger (saws).
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,