Being charged interest due to the landlord not paying the bills on time

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Q: I am renting an outbuilding and I pay a set rent to my landlord. Sometimes, he lets the lights and water account go into arrears. If interest accumulates on that amount, am I involved in the sin of interest?


A: If the lights and water was not part of your contract then you are not sinful.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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