Answered by: Maulana Shadman Ahmed
Does anyone know if Mufti Taqi has given a fatwa that states that the first mortgage is permissible?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Mufti Taqi Usmani has been misquoted on this issue. There is no fatwa or statement from Mufti Taqi Usmani stating that the first mortgage is permissible. Mufti Taqi Usmani states clarifying this widespread rumor on an audio clip and says,
“Assalamu alaikum, in fact, I have never issued a fatwa that one house for the residence can be acquired by through riba based or interest-based loans. I have never said this in Pakistan, America nor any other country. I have … am misquoted there. And I did not issue such a fatwa at all. However, I have tried to modify the financial system into a sharia-compliant way. For that purpose, in the US we have developed a house financing scheme based on sharika mutanaqisa and it is sharia-compliant and is being practiced in many states in America. I have never issued such a fatwa that one house for the residence can be acquired on the bases of an interest-based loans. It should be clearly mentioned to all that this is some misunderstanding…”
To see the actual clip from Mufti Taqi Usmani please listen to the following link:
In conclusion, there is no fatwa from Mufti Taqi Usmani permitting or giving fatwa that states that the first mortgage is permissible. He has been misquoted.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Shadman Ahmed
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham