Is it ok to make charity today (ie. in advance) knowing that exact interest amount that shall be credited in my bank account at the end of year?

  • Your question is not clear to me. Will u pls make it More clear bro.? – Khalid Jan 8 '14 at 7:05
  • I asked the same question to an Islamic scholar specialized in this field and the answer was "no". – Gulshan Jul 8 '14 at 10:32
  • Getting money from interest isn't allowed. Even if you give it away to people in need. It won't count as a good deed and you still need to give charity from the legal money. The "Robin hood" character doesn't work in Islam. Haram = Haram. no matter what (besides survival) – typod May 3 '15 at 21:14

The majority opinion regarding the advance payment of zakat is that it is permissible, although the scholars differ as to how far in advance (e.g. one year, or more than one year) it can be done. I know of no reason why the same ruling cannot be applied to the purification in advance of one's wealth if one can reasonably predict gained interest.

However, it would still be important to ensure that, at the end of the year, the amount purified actually meets (or exceeds) the amount earned.

  • From your answer, I'm getting the sense that charity (or like you said, zakat) can purify bank interest. Is that really the case? – Amir Syafrudin Jun 27 '16 at 22:15
  • @AmirSyafrudin Purifying bank interest in this manner is a common ruling, at least in Hanafi jurisprudence, when there's no reasonable way to avoid it otherwise. It is not considered to be rewarded in the same way zakat/sadaqah is, since it's just cancelling out the sin of riba. – goldPseudo Jun 27 '16 at 23:38
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    I see. I misunderstood. So it's basically getting rid of the riba from our bank account. Thank you for clearing that up. – Amir Syafrudin Jun 28 '16 at 2:14

Look at the verse below from the Quran

Oh you who believe! Fear Allah and give up what remains of your demand for usury if you are indeed believers.

If you do not, take notice of war from Allah and his Messenger but if you repent you shall have your capital sum. Deal not unjustly and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. ( Quran 2:278-279 )

Please see the bolded phrase "take notice of a war from Allah and His Messenger". I have not seen any sin in the entire Quran that is given this sort of punishment.

Do you know what this means? It means you will be battling a lot of things in your life. The money will not let you live in peace.

Unfortunately even after such clarity, the sin of riba has crept deep into the Ummah.

I beg of you to please stay away from this sin. It is a loosing battle.

Some people donate toilet slippers with riba money, some people give zakat. Those are all ways to just make us feel nice, but in reality it is good that we just turn our faces to this sin.


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