All posts by Joe Bradford
“One who resembles his father has done no wrong…” Its said that Ru’ba b. Ajjaj once saw the generosity of ‘Adi b. Hatim, and so he recited this line: بأبه اقتدى عدي في الكرم *** ومن يشابه أبه فما ظلم “It was his father that Adi followed in generosity *** and one who resembles his […]
Joe answers the question “Is Life Insurance Halal?” discussing: What is an insurable interest, how insurance companies are structured, and how they invest the insurance pool (i.e. the money that you pay for the policy).
Lots of people ask me year after year, “I’ve paid my Zakat, is it wrong for me to claim a tax deduction? Am I benefiting from my charity by taking a tax deduction?” In this video I answer the question “Can I claim a tax deduction for paying my zakat?” 1- How tax liabilities and […]
In this video I discuss three issues: 1- Can Muslims inherit from non-Muslims? Here I go over the classical opinions on the topic. 2- The difference between a testamentary gift and inheritance. The former being allowed in all cases. 3- The principle of the appropriate preservation of wealth that may go to waste. Addendum […]
Qunut al-Nawazil or Group Supplication During Difficult Times is a special dua made when there is a special need for prayers and solidarity. This short video discusses how it is done and why.
The mantra of Islamic Finance has been “Islamic Finance prefers partnership over debt.” Hammering this idea into the minds of the masses has resulted in many people using less than optimal structures for their business needs. At times its better to finance through debt, at times through partnership, and at times through revenue sharing. In […]
Ever Wonder Why You Do So Much But Achieve So Little? Working with a non-profit client this morning, we reviewed their giving policy and services. Because previously the org tried to do *everything* for everyone, they essentially limited the funding they could secure. Why? Because it was that much harder to define exactly what they […]
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When is Killing Transgressive? When is an act of killing considered oppressive or transgressive? Certainly when that the killing is intentional and malicious. Under Islamic law, there are three categories of killing that are crimes that may be sentenced in court: 1. Intentional malicious killing of another person (al-qatl al-ʿamd al-ʿudwān) 2. pseudo-intentional killing (shibh […]
Salam Alaikum, Last December I decided to go on a social media hiatus, allowing myself time to reevaluate my priorities and focus on self-care. Looking back, what I found was that 2018 was a year of both growth & loss, a year of challenge & improvement. By taking time away and allowing myself the ability […]