Helping person settle interest-based loan
Fatwa No: 330925

Question

Assalaamu alaykum. My wife's parents bought a house with an interest-based loan a few years ago, when they where not praciticing Muslims. They did not know it was haram back then. They became religious later and now want to finish paying for the house so that they can live rent free. The question is: Can I help them pay for the house so that they can pay back the loan as fast as possible, thus avoiding longer payments of interest? May Allaah reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is nothing wrong with helping your parents-in-law by speeding up the payment of the interest-based loan, especially if by speeding up the repayment, the Riba (interest) will be removed from them, but they should seek the forgiveness of Allaah for what they did and be determined not to repeat it.

They are entitled to benefit from their home that they bought with that loan because the prohibition of the interest-based loan does not relate to the thing on which the money was spent but, rather, to the person who took the loan.

For more benefit, please refer to fataawa 86521and 130992.

Allaah knows best.

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