Investing in convensional banks

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I would like to know about the legality of the following situations.


1)     An individual borrows money. Interest is to be paid on this loan.

I kwon interest is haram. Assuming the rest of the business is aboveboard (sell cement) am I allowed

–         To take a gift from this business

–         Trade with this business

–         Invest in this business

2)Am I allowed to put money in conventional bank without taking interest? If not which banks are the alternative?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

According to our understanding of your query, if a person has taken an interest loan for his businesses,  can one accept a gift from him or trade with him or invest in that business.

You are aware that interest haram and the person involved in taking an interest loan has committed a major sin. How ever, if the majority income of the business is halal, then you can take gifts, trade and invest in that business.

Abu Ali ad-Dagestani

Student Darul Iftaa
Moscow, Russia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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