Me and my brother take care of my uncle’s family and their daily needs. My question is I get some interest from the banks on my savings. Can I use that money for managing their expenses? If yes then do I need to make some niyyah or something ?

Q: Me and my brother take care of my uncle’s family and their daily needs. My question is I get some interest from the banks on my savings. Can I use that money for managing their expenses? If yes then do I need to make some niyyah or something ?

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A: All interest dealings are haraam and forbidden in Islam. There are grave warning sounded in the Ahaadith for the one that has any involvement in interest. However without one’s intention, if interest money had come into one’s possession, then one should immediately dispose of the wealth through giving it to the poor without the intention of receiving any reward. If your uncles family are poor and eligible for zakaat, then you may give them the interest money without the intention of receiving any reward.

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

الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لَا يَقُومُونَ إِلَّا كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا وَأَحَلَّ اللَّـهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا فَمَن جَاءَهُ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَانتَهَىٰ فَلَهُ مَا سَلَفَ وَأَمْرُهُ إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ ﴿البقرة: ٢٧٥﴾

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ ﴿المائدة: ٩٠﴾

عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم آكل الربا وموكله وكاتبه وشاهديه وقال هم سواء رواه مسلم ( مشكوٰة المصابيح ص244)

قال شيخنا: و يستفاد من كتب مشايخنا كالهداية وغيرها: ان من ملك بملك خبيث ولم يمكنه الرد الي المالك فسبيله التصدق علي الفقراء . . . . والظاهر ان المتصدق بمثله ينبغي ان ينوي به فراغ ذمته و لا يرجو به المثوبة (معارف السنن 1/34)

فتاوي محمودية فاروقية 16/382

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)