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Ruling on Money Transfer Via the Electronic Bank “Paypal”

Answered as per Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
I want to transfer a sum of money via the “Internet”, and there is only one bank through which I can make such a transaction, “Paypal,” because I raised the donations via the icon which this bank had favored me with. You should take into consideration that it is a usurious bank, so am I considered sinful for raising donations through it, or for wanting to transfer my money- via this bank- into a pre-paid credit card from an Islamic bank. You should also note that these donations don`t undergo any kind of transaction: no commissions are charged on them and they aren`t used in forbidden transactions ?

All perfect praise be to Allah. Blessings and peace be upon Prophet Mohammad: After navigating through “Paypal,” it was clear that it is an advanced website that contains systems of payment, withdrawal and electronic money transfer, and that it is a traditional banking site that deals in usury. However, there is no harm in raising donations through it for a legitimate cause because Sharia doesn`t forbid dealing with a usurious party in non-usurious transactions, provided that the transaction meets the conditions of Sharia, and doesn’t help in committing what is unlawful. It was stated in the complement of the book: “Al-Majmou`”(13/178): “ It is permissible to conclude a transaction with one whose money is lawful and unlawful if he couldn`t tell which is which because the Prophet(PBUH) used to deal with the Jews who considered the price of the wine as lawful and dealt in usury.” However, it is better and more pious for a Muslim to abandon such a transaction. Moreover, there is no harm that the one donated for transfers the donations through the same website in case it was going to charge an amount known to both parties in return for the transfer service. And Allah knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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