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Pure Paisa (Fiqh of Money & Transactions)
- Course Outline
They say ignorance is bliss. Now that might work for some folks but for Muslims, that is one epic FAIL of a belief.
And in our experience, we found that the one area we Muslims are super ignorant about are our finances, the things we spend money on, the jobs that we work in, the contracts we sign, our businesses, how to buy and sell correctly, all the thousands of transactions that happen in front of our eyes every day of which we are an integral part. Yet we have – at worst – no concern, and at best little idea of whether we are falling into haram and thereby ruining our Dunya as well as our Akhirah.
Think about the following scenarios and see if they relate to you:
- If you walk into the shop to buy a packet of Doritos but then see a promotional packet of Walkers which enters you into a competition – is it permissible to buy the Walkers?
- You need credit on your phone – there’s a deal on at the moment which offers $20 worth of calls for only $15. Is that halal?
- My pension plan has just been explained: my employer is happy to pay a whopping 10% contribution from his side if we go for a Final Salary option – is it a green light?
- You know the answer to that question! The advert then continues, “Call 0845 666 666 and choose the right letter to win a cruise to the Caribbean! Calls cost no more than 25p/per minute or text your answer for a one-time charge of one pound only!” Are you like, “Pass me the phone Mum!” or “Do I look that dumb?”
- Our local Islamic bank is a life-saver! They’ve been able to introduce an Islamic loan for five grand! I can now get the car I wanted – right?
- I love that game at the fair –you know the one when you pay a quid and use the mechanical crane arm to choose your favourite ted... erm, toy for your kid. But man, I can never do it! The operator always gets it first time, but I can’t. Hold on, is this game even halal?
- No better time than the present to buy that house – and my local bank is offering a mortgage at very good rates whereas the Islamic bank is not only more expensive but I’ve looked at the contract – it’s exactly the same thing! Or is it?
- I bet that I can get home before you can! But hold on, surely it’s haram to say things like that? That’s gambling!
- If there’s anything safe to invest in then it has to be gold. And guess what, you can actually buy it online now using your Paypal account. But is this halal or haram?
- You went to the protests but no joy – tuition fees for University are here to stay. Thankfully though, a student loan is available which won’t be charging interest, it’ll just be index linked to inflation rates instead. So that’s allowed isn’t it? Right? Hello?
- Debit cards are all over the place now but there’s always that hotel you love staying at which won’t accept anything but credit cards. I really need one! And anyway, I’ll never pay any interest on it ever because it’ll clear every month anyway. Surely that’s halal?
- Time to organize the Mosque 5-aside Football Tournament but committees being committees, they’re not putting up any funds. No problem, we’ll just charge each team a £10 entry fee with the winning team sharing the £100 prize. That’s halal right? We’re a mosque!
You know that you found yourself in there somewhere! The reality of course is that we are all getting involved in these and thousands of other transactions every single moment of our lives and it’s time to be able to know how to understand all these issues and get answers so as to protect our Akhirah through keeping it Halal all throughout our lives.
This seminar, held with the support of one of the experts and pioneers of furthering our understanding of legal and financial matters as Muslims - the 1st Ethical Charitable Trust - will enable you to deal with and find solutions to these situations. We will also be going through the theory and together tackling practical case-based examples on:
- Understanding the impact of Halal and Haram upon ourselves in this life and the next
- Explaining the Islamic ethos to wealth, work, and business
- Debunking the words Mu‘amalat and Buyu‘ to bring the Fiqh of Transactions and Sales to a level which we can all understand
- Exploring the concept of money and its use, the banking system, the Capitalist system and in contrast Islamic economic theory and Islamic finance
- Studying the Fiqh of Contracts
- Studying the Fiqh of Promises and their legal consequences, the Fiqh of Charity and non-Sale Contracts
- The impermissible aspects of business and contracts, such as riba, gharar, fraud, legal tricks etc
- An in-depth study of Mufti Taqi Usmani’s epic paper presented to the WEF in Davos
- A detailed look at the concept of “dharoorah” or necessity and its validity
- Investigating real contracts from popular products such as credit cards, bank accounts, Islamic bank products
- A detailed look at the investment market, pensions, shares, stocks, bonds etc.
- Money management and how to be Islamically on point as well as making the Dunya work for you as opposed to the other way round
- A detailed look at all the above situations and all other contemporary challenges such as car leasing, inflation, loans, competitions, foreign exchange and the burgeoning investment market to name but a few
- Studying the factors on how to bless and increase our wealth from the Qur’an and Sunnah
And so much more insha’Allah!
Taught in detail by Sh Yaser Birjas, this double-weekend seminar will give you everything you wanted to know about contemporary matters as well as in-depth study of classical Islamic finance in the form of traditional "Mu'amalat".
"I loved this class. I have much more clarity on buying a house, how to make a raffle halal, cc usage on whether it is a need or not, being responsible with loans, and how almost everything is a contract between two parties. I know much more deeper how to avoid making $ on $, but also that administrative fees/services are allowed. Very grateful to take this double weekend. I leave more Confident, and Relaxed in my transactions with money. Thanks!"
Jehad Abedelal, Chicago
"Sheikh Yaser Birjas is a mark of trust and a stamp of "not to miss out" kind of class. Be it about love, marriage or finance, Sheikh Yaser always make us learn touchy and/ or hardcore subjects in Islam in an enjoyable interactive manner and full of encouragement towards united pools of business ideas and creations el hamdulilah. It even made me believe and think hard about a business plan of a project I barely dreamt about out of low confidence in my abilities. He taught us the etiquettes and ways of dealing with money, loans, buying/selling houses, investing, etc on a daily basis. Simply AMAZING!"
Chirine Martin, New York City
"I loved this class. Very informational. Shaykh Yaser Birjas really knows how to make learning about money interesting. I recommend this for people who're old enough to work with money. I also recommend a good nights sleep before this class because sleeping in this class means that when you wake up you'll be VERY lost. Said from experience."
Alina Bokhari, Houston
"All I can say is that this is the very reason that I signed up with AlMaghrib's degree program in the first place! This gets to be a very technical class but it gives the opportunity to think outside of the box and allow you stay as far away from riba (usury) transactions as much as possible. May Allah greatly reward Shaykh Yaser because explaining the real definition of "necessities" in Islam helped many of realize how easily we throw the word around. The class gives real examples of the different contracts and transactions we deal with every day such as credit cards, ATMs, stocks, mortgages, partnerships etc Alhamdulilah this was more than worth the two weekends invested into this class. Jazakum Allah Khair for everyone who assisted in making this class possible."
Baker Assaf, New Jersey
We hope to see you all at this course which just might make you realize that the price of Paradise is very much worth finding out about whether it's in pounds, dollars, pesos, baisas or paisas. Purify your Paisa, and you will find Paradise is there for the taking by knowing the halal and running a mile from the haram! And so we called this course: