Question: Are rent-to-own contracts permissible? Are late fees permissible?
Yes, under certain conditions, rent-to-own contracts are in principle permissible. Still, it would be best if you had the specifics of the contract verified by a mufti or third-party Islamic finance auditor first. (AAOIFI Standards, 2017, Standard No. (9), 8/1-8)
Late fees are also permissible if the fees are paid to a charity. (AAOIFI Standards, 2017, Standard No. (9), 6/4)
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Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language