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In my country it is mandatory for employers to make a deposit of a certtain percentage of the salary of employees in a Fund called Employees` Provident Fund.

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In my country it is mandatory for employers to make a deposit of a certtain percentage of the salary of employees in a Fund called Employees` Provident Fund. To this the employees too contribute off their salary a percentage a little less than what the employer does. We are allowed to take loans against the deposit available for us and an interest is charged. Is it okay if I invest this money taken as loan in an interest bearing deposit and utilise the interest that is paid to me on the deposit in meeting the interest that is required by me to pay on the loan. 

 

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Dealing in interest riba

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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 Question: ..We are allowed to take loans against the deposit available for us and an interest is charged. Is it okay if I invest this money taken as loan in an interest bearing deposit and utilise the interest that is paid to me on the deposit in meeting the interest that is required by me to pay on the loan. 

To indulge in any form of the evil of riba or interest is absolutely and categorically forbidden to the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day!

 

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