I want to seek your advice on this particular issue.
I didn’t have knowledge about VAT payments that is was due. I received a notice from MRA about the outstanding VAT and they have charged penalty and interest. I know interest dealing in anyway is not permissible.
I need your advice on how to deal with this. I have tried my best not to pay them interest but they have refused to do so. I feel like there is no option part from paying them the interest they are asking for.
My question is that I have a supplier who I paid money in advance and he didn’t deliver the goods until now. Their company policy is to pay interest if they haven’t delivered the goods in time. So can I take interest from them and settle it with the interest of MRA.
Jazakallah in advance for your efforts to understand my case. May Allah give you barakah in your life. You have really assist the society by opening an office where people can freely ask questions on Islam.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
If you have exhausted all means to avoid the payment of interest and there is no possible alternative, we advise that you make a committed effort to repay the debt immediately and continue seeking repentance until the debt is paid off. W advise to pay your VAT timeously to avoid paying interest in future.
It is not permissible for you to accept the interest from the company in reference and offset it with MRA.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Safwaan Ibn Ml Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim
شرح القواعد الفقهية لأحمد الزرقاء (215) دار القلم – 2007م
“ما حرم أخذه حرم إعطاؤه”…كما يحرم أخذ الربا يحرم إعطاؤه
امداد الاحکام – (484/3) مکتبہ دار العلوم کراچی
الربوا حرام قطعي حرمته ثابتة بالكتاب والسنة وإجماع الأمة منكر حرمته كافر منر للكتاب والسنة والإجماع مرتكب الربوا مرتكب لأكبر الكبائر والإعانة على الحرمة والمعصية حرام ومعصية ومن صور الإعانة الإعطاء والكتابة والشهادة فإعطاء الربوا حرام ومعصية والمعطي مركتب للكبيرة
فتاوی محمودیہ – (273/16) دار الافتاء جامعیہ فاروقیہ
سود کی حرمت (سود لینے) والے اور سود دینے والے دونوں پر حدیث شریف میں لعنت آئی ہے
This answer was collected from DarulIftaaMW.com, which is the official website of Darul Iftaa Malawi, head by Mufti Safwaan Ibrahim.
He completed his Aalimiyyah studies in Darul Uloom Azaadville and further studied his Iftaa course at Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah – both in South Africa.