How to Avoid Riba (Usury): A Reader

Hanafi Fiqh

“Allah has permitted sale, and prohibited usury.” [Qur’an 2.275]


The Prohibition of Riba (Usury) in Islam – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the firm Divine Call to the Believers to completely leave riba (usury/interest). He explains how the prohibition of riba came—in four stages, in four sets of verses, with increasing degrees of emphasis.

The wisdom behind the firm prohibition of riba is explained, as well as how one can navigate—with caution and mindfulness—through the challenges of avoiding riba in ribs-based societies.

The verses of the call are 2.278-279, which are part of the final set of verses (2.275-281) prohibiting riba in the Qur’an.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf On Usury (Riba)


Is an Indexed Loan Akin to Unlawful Usury?

Micro-finance Loans and Riba

Bank Employment: When is it Permissible?

Working as an Accountant When Interest Transactions Are Involved

Documenting Usurious Transactions as an Accountant

Getting Rid of ‘Fixed Income’ Returns

Are Credit Card “Balance Transfer Fees” Halal?

The Rulings of Using Certain Alternative Financing Mechanisms

Gifts and Cash Incentives offered by the Bank to Account Holders

“Zero-Percent Financing”: Is It Really Interest Free?

Investing in Stocks and Working as a Stock Broker

Repentance for Taking Money from Bonds

Pawning an Item & Usury

The Legal Verdict on Prevalent Forms of Insurance

What Does it Mean to Have “Beautiful Restraint and Balance” in one’s Work, Career, and in Seeking one’s Provision?

Recommended Courses

Money Matters: Islamic Finance in Everyday Life

Islamic Law for Seekers (Hanafi): Transactions

Further Reading

The Text of the Historic Judgment on Interest
Given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (Section written by Mufti Taqi Usmani)