In India we have banking system with Interest for saving and loans. I know its haram to give and take interest. But I need a Bank loan in order to avoid the interest. Can I have one of my non-Muslim friends to apply the bank loan and take the money from him? I will pay him as a monthly EMI by adding the entire principle amount and interest altogether. Please let me know is this permissible as per the Islam law.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 498/498/M=05/1435)

In the above case, if you make your non-Muslim friend your wakil to take the loan from the bank on your behalf then in this case both the ways are equal whether your non-Muslim friend takes loan from the bank or you directly take it from the bank. You shall be sinful for paying interest. And if you do not make him wakil rather he takes the loan from the bank for himself and gives you as debt then in this case if you pay more than the actual amount taken as debt it shall be interest and it will be sin whether you pay the interest to the bank or to your non-Muslim friend. Hence if you are in need of money, you should look for interest free debt so that you will not have to go for interest based dealing.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband