Better finance for every Tom, Dick & HaarithHere are the wide array of Islamic financing options available
Islamic business finance
Unfortunately, things are still a little patchy when it comes to business finance.
In the UK, for SME businesses you should check out Qardus. Asset financing is often halal too (so check out people like Investec for this).
Overseas, there are now a range of options in the Middle East such as Funding Souq, Erad, Lendo and many others.
For startup funding, we can potentially help at cur8.capital (we only focus on high potential tech startups though and we unfortunately have to be pretty picky).
There are now other players like Maydan Capital, Ethis in Malaysia and Falcon Network in the UAE. You should check them out too.
Real estate finance
For larger projects (financing above £2m), Islamic banks such as Al Rayan, Gatehouse, Al Ahli, BLME, QIB (UK) and Habib Bank AG Zurich could all be relevant.
For smaller projects and bridge finance check out Offa and Nester.
Or to invest in quality real estate deals, check out our platform:
For savings accounts and current accounts there a number of banks to choose from.
Traditional banks include: Al Rayan, Gatehouse, Al Ahli, BLME, QIB (UK) and Habib Bank AG Zurich.
Digital (neobanks) include: Rizq, MyAhmed, Nomo, Algbra and Niyyah. We did a detailed comparison between them.
Guide & FAQs
Riba is commonly translated to ‘interest’ or ‘usury’ in English and is a charge for the use of another’s money. It also includes unequal exchanges.
An example of this would be taking a loan from someone who expects it to be repaid in addition to 5% per month on anything that has not been paid at the end of each month.
So, for example, you lend £100 for one month. At the end of that, you would repay £105.
Riba plays an important part in Islamic Finance because interest is forbidden and Islamic Finance looks to create Financing options for Muslims that are shariah-compliant and without riba.
You can read about Riba in depth here.
Gharar means ‘uncertainty’ and is associated with deception involving uncertainty and risk. It is rooted in the Arabic word ‘to deceive’ (gharra).
Gharar is a broad concept and can involve:
Unclear or suspicious claims
Uncertain existence, quality, or characteristics of a commodity.
Pure speculation where an outcome depends on excessive uncertainty and this risk is not shared.
Where consequences are concealed due to lack of openness between parties or a lack of information of the contract or the nature and quality of the subject matter or where a deal is made based on a misunderstanding.
Gharar can include:
Contracts that are not drawn out in clear terms.
Derivative transactions (such as forwards, futures, options, and forms of speculation such as short selling).
Selling something of uncertain quality.
You can read more about Gharar here.
In order for an investment to be halal, it must be compliant with the regulations and principles set out by Islam in the Quran and sunnah (known as ‘shariah law’).
There is nothing inherently haram (impermissible) about earning money through profit distributions from business activity or from the increase in value of assets.Read about the halal investment criteria here.
For a property investment to be halal, each investment and element of the investment contract must be in line with shariah.
This requires that:
- The subject matter must be halal i.e. you don’t want to collect rental income from a casino for example
- You are not charging interest such as late payment fees
- You must have a form of ownership of the property
- The capital amount you are using to invest - must be halal.
Read about this in detail here.