Question: An Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) delivered Jumu’ah (Friday) speech on 10/6/1408 A.H. He admonished people and reminded them of Jannah (Paradise) and the blessings Allaah (Exalted be He) prepared therein. At the end of his speech, he swore that whoever shaves his beard or lets his garment down will not enter Jannah. We would like you to guide us to the truth in this regard. Is this true or false?
Answer: Shaving the beard and letting clothes down are prohibited acts. Whoever does so is disobedient to Allaah. If such a person dies as persisting in doing so without making Tawbah (repentance to Allaah), his case will be up to Allaah… read more here.
Question: Is it true that my father’s illness is a sign of Allaah’s love for him, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: When Allaah loves a servant, He tries him (by affliction). However, my father did not use to offer Salaah (prayer) before his illness and it is known that sickness expiates sins. Is it true that working in banks is unlawful? What is the legal decision when a person is compelled to do so, because there is no other work available?
Answer: First, We have already issued Fatwaa no. 4961 regarding working in a bank that deals in Ribaa (usury or interest). It states that if the bank does not deal in interest bearing transactions, the salary or the bonus an employee receives for work is Halaal (lawful), for earning it through lawful work… read more here.
Question 34: His Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in America invited the private sector to help in giving donations to the Saudi students who study at their own expense. These private companies included banks which deal in Ribah (usury). Is it permissible for students to take study loans offered by these banks?
Answer: If it is known that this money comes from Ribah, whether through a bank or otherwise, it is impermissible to accept it or make use of it, because dealing in Ribah is prohibited in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah… read more here.