The Facts about usury: Why Islam is against lending money at interest:
© Islamic Awareness
Assalamu-'alaikum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:
Indeed all praises is for Allah, we praise Him, and we seek His aid, and we ask for His forgiveness, and we seek Allah's refuge from the evils of ourselves and from our evil actions, he whom Allah guides then none can misguide him, and he whom Allah misguides then none can guide him, and I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Alone, having no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad(P) is His slave and His Messenger. To proceed:
After the South-Asian economic tigers turned into paupers after the meltdown, it was realized that their economic model was no longer the one that needs to be emulated. The capital borrowed by these economies (at an interest, of course!) to fire up their economic engine was without any or little circumspection. But when the bubble bursted, the currency plunged, many banks went bankrupt and so did the people into hard times. The good old International Monetary Fund (IMF) came to rescue of many countries with loans with a high interest tag and sell out of the nations to hungry multi-nationals, euphemistically called as 'opening the economy'. Muslim majority countries likeMalaysia and Indonesia suddenly turned towards the God and Qur'ân for guidance. But still they are yet to realize that the economic mess which they are in, is their own doing. By following the disbelievers in their actions, they brought themselves into hardships.
It is true that Muslims have started 'monkeying' the Western values blindly in almost everything. This comes with the rejection of Islamic values which are considered to be 'old' and hence should be 'discarded'. The so-called 'Freedom', 'Human Rights', 'Democracy' and 'Women's Rights' in Europe and America is nothing short of a joke. It may impress uneducated people in so-called Third World countries, but anyone who has studied history knows that these things came about in spite of the Church, not because of it. Just think how the standards in a democracy change: Couple of decades or so ago, homosexuality was looked down-upon in many 'democratic' countries. Some people realized that the homosexuals were not getting a good deal in the society. Therefore, the virtues of Sodom were sung, movies were made to promote their cause (notably, the Oscar winning Philadephia!) and even the Church started singing God hates sin but loves sinner to attract the homosexuals to the Church (one wonders what did God do to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah!). In a gist, the values of a democratic society changes when a number of people decide to take a change (after all, democracy is by the people!). They can decide to support a dictator of a country one day and demonize him the other day. Presidents Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Suharto of Indonesia would be a good examples. It is also well known that 'Freedom', 'Human Rights', 'Democracy' and 'Women's Rights' take a back-seat when the economic interests are more important than anything else. Indonesia was one such example and now Algeria is a prime example of the Western hypocrisy. To the West, democracy did not matter when democratically elected party of Islamcists won; the elections were cancelled. Afterall, the Western companies have to get the lucrative business of newly discovered oil and gas reserves in Algeria.
After working through this hypocrisy of the West, let us now take a look at the article. The article below on usury, which was published as a pamphlet by UK Islamic Mission Da'wah Centre, Birmingham, is definitely an eye-opener, inshallah, for people who do not realize what economies based on usury and speculation can lead to grave problems for the mankind.
Lastly, has anyone ever wondered why a third world country remains a third world with a perpetual budget deficit even after IMF has 'helped' them out of their economic problems?
times of economic hardship, when every good idea fails, just
because "the money can't be found", when a decline in
services is explained with the need "to reduce the deficit",
when business can't afford new investment because of the "high
cost of borrowing", when mortgage rates have gone up so much
that it becomes diffcult to maintain a decent living standard,
many small savers still think that high interest rates mean at
least that they get the most out of their savings. The truth is,
they pay more than they get.
Lower interest rates = lower deficit
fact, at zero interest, the debt would not grow at all, and the
large amounts of money spent in servicing the debt could be used
to pay it off.
Those who devour usury will not stand except as stands one whom the devil by his touch has driven to madness. That is because they say: Trade is like usury: but Allah has permitted trade and forbidden usury.... Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity, for He loves not any ungrateful sinner.... O you who believe, fear Allah and give up what remains of your demand for usury, if you are indeed believers. If you do it not, take notice of war from Allah and His messenger, but if you repent you shall have your capital sums; deal not unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. And if the debtor is in difficulty, grant him time tin it is easy for him to repay. But if you remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if you only knew. [Surah al Baqarah, verse 275-280].
urgently is this message needed in a world where the "debt
crisis" threatens to destroy and annihilate our
civilisation, were open warfare is increasingly the consequence of
the anxiety and suffering that spring from third world debt.
Politicians have seldom looked at money-lending at interest as the
cause of widespread poverty in the midst of plenty, because whilst
this practice was once forbidden by Judaism, Christianity and
Islam alike, it has become universally accepted in the modern
world of secularism. It has been argued that money is a "producer
good" and that the lender should receive a share of the extra
wealth that these goods produce. Yet this is illogical on several
points. The only true producer of wealth (i.e. goods and services)
is Labour when it is applied to either Land or Capital. Unlike
Land, Money is infinite when not artificially restricted, which it
often is. Money is man-made out of nothing and at tiny real cost.
This credit creation confers enormous economic power and influence
on those usually private institutions who have secured for
themselves monopoly rights in this money issue.
And Allah knows best!
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