Q: Is it permissible to pay a fixed monthly fee for a credit facility on a credit card? The fee is payable whether or not the credit facility is used. No interest will be incurred on the credit facility.
A: Outwardly, it seems that this is an additional amount for the credit provided and this resembles interest. Hence, refrain from it.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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.