Please join us in welcoming the new Debt Free Muslims podcast. This podcast will be releasing a new episode every week talking about finance and other issues related to finance (family, spiritual, and so on). The first episode covers some tough questions on Islamic home financing with Mufti Ikram-ul-Haq.

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This episode is sponsored by MuslimMatters.org – because Muslims matter.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq is a well-known scholar who specialized in Islamic jurisprudence. He currently serves as the resident imam of masjid Al-Islam (Rhobe Island, USA) and as Mufti at Darul-Ifta of Rhode Island, where he delivers weekly lectures, holds classes, provides Shari`ah counseling, responds to request for fatwas, etc.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq also completed an intensive course on Islamic Banking and Finance from the Center for Islamic Economics (Karachi, Pakistan). He has licenses (ijazah) in Prophetic traditions (hadith) from multiple world-renowned Hadith scholars.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why the debate over Islamic mortgages is actually a cause for optimism.
  • The difference between conventional financing and Islamic financing.
  • Understanding the basic models of finance – ijarah, murabahah, musharakah.
  • Are some Islamic companies violating the Islamic prohibition of having “2 sales in 1″ with a lease to own contract?
  • Can a bank sell a house at markup before they actually take ownership of the house? This is in reference to a prohibition against selling something you do not own.
  • Learn why Islamic banks favor the musharakah model over the other models.
  • Should Islamic banks who finance through co-ownership share in the costs of home maintenance, property taxes, insurance and other expenses?
  • If you sell your home at a profit, should the Islamic bank get an increased profit?
  • Should the Islamic bank share in the loss of a house if the value goes down, or forecloses on you?
  • What should you look for when picking an Islamic finance company? How do you weed out the deceptive companies from the legitimate ones?

Links from this episode:

Mufti Ikram's Website: http://askamufti.com
Mufti Ikram on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AskaMufti
AAOIFI (Auditing organization for Islamic financial institutions)- http://www.aaoifi.com/
Straightway Ethical Advisory: http://www.straightwayethical.com/
Mufti Ikram's Book: Companion of Hajj

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4 Responses

  1. amatullah

    assalamualaykum
    May Allah swt reward you for the efforts you are putting in.
    I am a born muslim but have started practising only recently , add to that that i am a doctor and a female :- i have no knowledge at all of economics. As a result most of the islamic finance articles are greek to me.I have a request , can you please start a column like an idiot’s guide to islamic finance, wherein you teach the basic economics which is prevalent, what is haram of it and the halal alternatives. It will be a lot of people for people like me in sha Allah. Or please guide to a website if you are aware of one.

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    • M Ali

      I agree, I once attended an Islamic conference seminar. Couldn’t make head or tail of it, Mufti Ikram was one of the speakers too. I ended up leaving more confused, definitely need a Idiot’s Guide to Islamic Finance.

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