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Reward programmes from financial institutions

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Q: Many financial institutions nowadays have rewards programs where you earn points for every swipe that you do with the credit card. Some you need to pay a yearly fee to be part of the club others you don’t pay anything. Just by swiping you earn points. Is it permissible to use these points? 


A: Financial institutes will refer to some type of loaning, and taking any benefit from a loan will amount to interest.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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