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Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:54  GMT

Islamically, a Muslim man or woman cannot transport alcohol or pork. However, I have heard that if the brother or sister is training for the position and is a co-driver or student driver, he can drive the truck as he is only a student at this point. Only once the brother or sister is independently driving his or her truck is he or she is responsible to not transport unlawful goods. Can you please clarify for me if this is correct?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:53  GMT

Is it unlawful to work in a bank in a capacity that does not involve dealing with interest, like working in personnel management or in payroll?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:52  GMT

I am a cleaner and I sometimes I have to clean restaurants that serve alcohol and pork among other things on their menu. Is it lawful for me to do so?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:51  GMT

I want to become a lifeguard, and I don't know if I am supposed to be one, considering that I will be wearing swimming trunks most of the time and I will be in an environment where everyone is wearing swimming wear. I love swimming, and I think it could be a way for me to earn money and also do what I love. I need advice.

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:49  GMT

I am a taxicab driver who owns my own cab. According to the law in the city where I work, I cannot discriminate between passengers and cannot refuse to take them places. Also, I used to work in another city where there were no such laws on the books. However, I worked for a taxicab company that prohibited drivers from refusing customers. Is my profession lawful? Am I allowed to take passengers to nightclubs and bars?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:48  GMT

We would like to open a resataurant that serves only halal food and no liquor. However, since the majority of our patrons will be non-Muslims who insist on having alcoholic drinks with their meals, our business will not be viable unless we allow them at least to bring their own drinks. Is this permissible in Islam?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:47  GMT

What is the ruling on commercial insurance in Islam, for instance health insurance, life insurance, and property insurance?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:46  GMT

I have an insurance policy into which I have paid substantial sums of money. In light of insurance being unlawful in Islam, what should I do now? If I cancel my policy, I will lose the benefits of everything I put into it.

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:45  GMT

I purchased something online. I paid for the product and the shipping was free for me. I later discovered that the company uses an outside insurance company to insure its shipments. In consideration of the ruling that insurance is unlawful in Islam, is there any sin on me if I keep the item or shop with the company in the future?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:43  GMT

I am living in Europe, and in the country where I live, I am obliged by law to take out an insurance policy. Will I be able to benefit from the policy?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:43  GMT

We are faced with a situation where taking out health insurance for our employees is required by law. In our country, we also have to take out auto liability insurance in order to drive. Driving for us is a necessity, not a luxury. What should we do?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:42  GMT

What is the ruling on benefiting from health insurance when no Islamic alternative is available?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:40  GMT

Money was stolen from one of the officials of a welfare organisation in an armed robbery while he was on his way from the bank after withdrawing the money for distribution. Is he or the organization liable to pay back this sum? This incident has occurred, and we, the organization, would like to know the way forward as soon as possible.

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:39  GMT

One of my relatives has given me something as a gift, and I wish, in turn, to give it as a gift to someone else. Is this permissible? Are there any restrictions upon items that we receive from others as gifts?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:39  GMT

Can a person demand to have returned to him money that he has given to another as a gift or by way of assistance when some disagreement between the two individuals arises? Does the person demanding the return of the gift incur any sin for doing so? Also, is the recipient of the gift obliged to return it?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:38  GMT

The Scenerio: If a person opens a savings account to be used for university education and deposits $4,000 per year in a regular bank in Canada, the Canadian Government matches the deposit with an $800 deposit of its own. The question is: Do we consider the $800 deposit by the Canadian Government to be a form of unlawful interest? No doubt, we consider it interest when someone deposits $1000 in a bank and the bank pays 8%. If the government contribution is not a form of interest, then please ...

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:36  GMT

I would like to know the between money that is unlawful in and of itself (stolen money, for example) and money that is unlawful by way of how it is earned (interest earnings, for example). I have read a lot of fatwâs that permit accepting gifts or charity from a person whose wealth is from interest, but forbid accepting gifts or charity from a person who has stolen wealth. Please explain to me the difference.

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:35  GMT

In the Western country where I live, gifts are customarily distributed to the needy around Christmas time. These gifts include food, clothing, and other charitable offerings. These gifts are given to anyone whose income is low. Is it unlawful for Muslims to accept such gifts? The gifts are given out the week before Christmas and do not have to be taken as Christmas gifts. If they invite a Muslim to take a gift, should the Muslim accept it?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:34  GMT

If I purchase an item and I am offered a free gift that is given upon purchase to anyone spends a certain sum of money, should I take this gift? Also, some places give free gifts to people who open up an account or sign up for a contract? Are these gifts allowed?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 11:33  GMT

If we own a mosque and feel that the location is not good or if the place is small, is it permissible for us to sell that property and purchase a new one? If so, are there any conditions? This question is ever so important to us as we are presently faced with a situation where the community is contemplating selling the present mosque and replacing it with another.

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