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Supermarkets and Leasing

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: You have detailed the screening process for investing in the equity market. What about Supermarkets Companies.... they do sell haram meat including pork and sell wine. Therefore would these be excluded or the profits be regarded as a small percentage of their income and therefore acceptable. Secondly, a slightly varied form of investment. Suppose I own a property, can I rent

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Publishing Investment Criteria

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement. Question:: In the quiz for the lesson called What is Islamic Investment I have answered question number 8 as True, (a. true), and my answer was wrong (only one wrong in ten questions; I have answered the rest correctly.) Then I have reviewed my wrong answer,the explanation was that "Currently, funds claiming to be Islamic are not required toprove that they are Shari'ah compliant. Many do not employ the stringent criteria of

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Shariah Screening

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Note: The course referred to in the answers is available only via the Dow Jones University. Muslim-Investor.com does not have access to this course material. Please contact the Dow Jones University directly for more information. 

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Voicing Muslim Concerns to Management

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: It has been stressed a number of times the that "the Muslim investor will be morally bound to inform management that s/he cannot approve of such transactions." How should a Muslim investor structure a letter to satisfy such a criteria andwhat kind of items and "arguments" should he put forward to the management/investorrelations of a company so that the letter satisfies the Islamic requirement and is

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The Riba of Excess and Deferment

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: "Owing to this prohibition, then, one may not sell high quality wheat for a larger quantity of low quality wheat". What if the money value of the high qualitywheat and the larger quantity of lower quality wheat is similar or the same? Re: ribaof deferment. "Owing to this prohibition, then, one may not sell low quality wheat nowfor high quality wheat later". Am I to understand that the person who is bartering the

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Understanding Riba and Gharar

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: In the topic of Gharar, could it be safe to say that investing in the stock market is Gharar? There is a certain amount of risk involved in investing in the stock market without any assured returns so does this qualify as Gharar?Answer: In section five of Lesson Two I wrote: "Obviously, if we equate gharar to uncertainty and risk, then these are things

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Leasing from a Conventional Financial Institution

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: I would like to know if it is halal to lease from a kufar financialinstitution?Answer: If a lease can be structured in a way that conforms with Shari`ah principles (as in an ijarah contract), it will be lawful, regardless of whether the lease originates from a conventional financial institution or otherwise. Many Islamic banks, investors, and financial institutions participate in leasing operations that comply with Shari`ah principles and yet involve conventional financial institutions.

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Losses in Mudarabah

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: If in mudarabah partnership, mudarib has had some losses and inanother transaction he reaps profit. This means that profit should be taken to offset thelosses first and the remaining profit, if any, can be distributed to all the parties according to the pre agreed proportion. My question is which losses should be offset? Losses in capital owned by robbul maal or loss in mudarib's effort?

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Employee Stock Options

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: What is the Islamic view on employee stock options?Answer: This is one which many Muslims puzzle over, and with good reason. To begin with, the term "options" often leads to confusion because most Muslims recognize it as perhaps having to do with the options market; and the buying and selling of options is clearly prohibited owing to the element of uncertainty, or gharar, at the time of contracting. (For a detailed discussion of gharar, see: "Lesson Two, Riba and Gharar").

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401K Plans for Muslims

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: What is the best way to invest in a 401(k) plan. Are we allowed to invest if Islamic Mutual Funds are not listed on the Mutual Funds list. How should we convince the Employer to have Islamic Mutuals Funds.Answer: We are not in the best position to answer the first part of your question as we lack the proper financial advisory credentials. If enough company employees request Shari'ah compliant investment vehicles (resulting in respectable amount of assets for Shari'ah permissible management), then the employer will at least take notice of the demands. The key issue is for Muslim employees to begin making these demands, and then to point to the direction of, say, the Dow Jones Islamic Market Index as a universe of Shari'ah

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Using Interest Income to Pay Interest on Loans

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: Can riba money be used to pay off a riba loan? If so, would this be considered purification of wealth?Answer: It was explained in the section on Purification (Lesson Six, Section Six) thatincome from interest must be given away, and that? "as a general principle, sincethe money being distributed represents impure income, it must not be used in a way that

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Zakah on Employee Stock Options

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: As a follow-up to Sarah's question on company granted stock options, I'd like to ask about the Zakat that is due on gains received via these options. In certain cases (as with some of the recent IPO's in the tech sector), the compensation achieved fromstock options can be huge -dwarfing the other benefits an employee receives (i.e.salary). According to at least one booklet I've read about Zakat calculation, the rate

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The Second Edition of "Unlawful Gain"

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: In the second lesson, there is a reference to Nabil A. Saleh's Unlawful Gain and Legitimate Profit in Islam, London 1992. This is the second edition. Can you tell me whether it is substantially improved from or better than the first edition? I ask because I own a copy of the first edition. Thank you.Answer: The only copy I have is of the second edition and so I am unable to compare. Likewise, there is nothing in the Introduction to indicate any major changes or

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"People of the Book" in the Dow Jones Islamic Index

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: What is the consensus about investing in Israeli companies, or companies that invest in Israel? Should those not be excluded by the Shari`ah screens like companies that deal with Alcohol, pork, banks, etc...? Salam R TarekAnswer: To our knowledge there is no Shari'ah dialogue involving investment prohibition against Israeli companies or companies that invest in Israel. The Shari'ah screens do not take political background/identity or religious affiliation into account. The Prophet himself, upon him be peace, is known to have transacted with people of other

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Investing in non-compliant companies

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: My question is, even though certain companies, ie CitiBank, GE, AOL become un-investable in due to the Shariah screen, dont you think that if Muslims are going to change the way these companies do business, then they should become shareholders andhelp steer the direction of companies that do conduct Haraam activities. Also, don't youthink that by investing in companies like GE, and Disney etc etc, Muslims can help the

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Pursuing Careers in the Conventional Finance Industry

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: I am employed in an insurance company (my whole career of 28 years) in the capacity of an M&A analyst and management professional. Is there guidance around theacceptability of this employment --- in context of the exclusion of insurance industry from Shariah acceptable companies? Does my salary have to be purified? If so, how --- your lessons are focused on shareholders, not employees? What if, after so many years and having reached an older age, I am not easily employable at even 30% of my income if I shift industries?

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Companies Dealing in Gold and Silver

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question:: The discussion about which kinds of companies Islamic Equity Funds should avoid includes those companies dealing in gold and silver. What is the basis for this? Surely trade in gold and other precious metals/minerals is permissible in Islam? Answer: Trading in gold and other precious metals/minerals is indeed permissible in Islamic law. Mining and exploration operations are often financed by Islamic banks and financial institutions by means of perfectly acceptable Islamic contracts. Moreover, the DJIMI universe includes several companies involved in the mining of precious metals like gold and silver.

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Small Investors can make a difference

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question: It seems to me that the best way a Muslim can object to the way the company might be dealing with Riba is not to hold any of its shares. Furthermore acquiring shares of a company with the intention of objecting to its practice does not seem logical because as a very small shareholder any protest will just be ignored and would not cause the company to alter the way it does business. Any comments will be appreciated.

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Termination of a Mudarabah Contract

The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.Question: I am a bit confused about the Termination of a Mudarabah contract. On one hand, the lesson indicates that, according to general usuli principles, no minimum limit can be placed on the cancellation of such a contract.

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What's New?

List of additions to the web site over the years, at a glance. This covers older posts. To see the latest additions, please use the recent posts links.7 December 2003 - Financial Times has an article on a study by the International Institute of Economics that Islam is not a barrier to economic development. This refutes a widely held belief in the West that Islam is the main reason behind the backwardness in Muslim majority third world countries.

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