Deriving benefit from the bank

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Q: One benefit of being a client of a certain bank is that you are able to download an application from the internet called the entertainer. This application is separate from the bank and gives you the ability to purchase items at a discount rate. Being able to download this application is not dependent on any amount that you spend with the bank but is a perk of having a bank account with them.

Note. A person may purchase the application for around R500 per year on their own. If they are clients of the bank they can download the application for free. Please advise if this is permissible to download and use as a client of the bank.


A: Precaution requires that you don’t take any benefit from the bank whatsoever since it is a riba institution.

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


Answered by:

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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