Can we Utilize the Interest Received from Bank for Giving Zakat or for Using for Our Own Use?

Fatwa ID: 04204

Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

 

Question:

 

Can we utilize the interest received from the bank for giving zakat or for using for our own use?

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

 

The Noble Qur’an is explicit in its prohibition of interest.

وَأَحَلَّ اللَّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا

“Allaah has permitted trade and forbidden interest. ”[1]

 

Muslims are not allowed to utilize interest funds. The funds should be given to charity without the hope of reward. The funds should be considered a burden that one needs to dispose of immediately. The funds can be given to a needy person who does not own the nisab amount.[2]

 

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 


[1] Surah al-Baqarah, verse 274

[2] Fatawa Darul Uloom Zakariyyah, Page 385, Volume 5, Zam Zam Publishers

 

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