What's the difference between commerce and RIBA in Islam?
Let's take the example of looking for a loan to buy a house.
Traditional banks are using Riba because they lend you money, you buy your house, you pay the bank monthly payment with totality exceed the total borrowed.
Now a so-called Islamic bank called me and they pretend that they are doing commerce and don't use Riba, but I don't see any.
The principle is this:
You need to find first a house by yourself, then the bank buys it, then sell it to you, then you pay them back in an exact way like with Riba banks.
For me it's exactly the same thing, they borrow you money with interest, the bank pretending to do commerce is risking absolutely nothing, and in case you can't pay back the house, the bank will take the house !!!
Also with this so-called Islamic bank, they charge you 20% of the price of the house, whereas traditional banks charge 3% more (in Europe). which means the bank is making fortunes and lose nothing at all.
For me, the definition of commerce entails risk, which means, the Islamic bank decides first to buy for example 100 houses with its capital. then looking for a customer, with the risk of having a house not sold.
any insight, please?