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And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allaah and His Messenger but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly (by asking more than your capital sums), and you shall not be dealt with unjustly (by receiving less than your capital sums). (Surah al-Baqarah 2:279)

In my country, everything has taxes and interest. If I purchase a land or gold, over time I incur interest which is mine to keep, but riba is sinful (haram).

Can I take the interest and use it for good use?

For example, use the interest to give to charity, donate to a mosque. Is that considered haram?

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    I don't understand what you mean by incurring interest by purchasing land/gold. Interest is typically a result of loans, not purchases. – goldPseudo Jul 29 '14 at 16:52
  • It seems "interest" is being used to mean "appreciation" (i.e., increase in value over time). – Rebecca J. Stones Jul 7 '17 at 2:13
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                                 In the name of Allah

As you are aware and you mentioned, Riba/usury is a Haram (unlawful) act and there are many Ayahs regarding its Hormah (being Haram), but perhaps the following Ayah (verse of Qur'an) could help you;

Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 278 (2:278):

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَذَرُواْ مَا بَقِيَ مِنَ الرِّبَا إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains [due to you] of interest, if you should be believers.


According to this fatwa of Ayatollah Bahjat, (Briefly):

if you were aware that it is an haram act (Riba), you must give it back (to its owner), in case that you did not know it is a Haram act, (to precaution) you must give it back too.


On the other hand, as more accurate direct answer to the last part of your question it can be remarked that Haram is Haram, even though you intend to use it in good ways such as charity, donate to a mosque and so forth.


For further info. refer to: www.bahjat.org (in Farsi)


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