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Is it allowed to borrow money for the purpose of using it in charity?


Assalamu Alaykum.Is it allowed to borrow money for the sole purpose of using that money to contribute to charity? I wanted to build a well on behalf of a relative, and due to some circumstances I wanted to quickly do this for them, but I currently do not have the amount needed, and I do not have the sufficient time to earn that money either. Can I borrow the money, pay for the well using that borrowed money, then pay that debt back after that, or will the charity not be accepted if it was borrowed money?JazakumullAh kheir in advance


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

We do not know of any Sharee'ah impediment against borrowing in legal ways for the purpose of using it in charity if the borrower knows of himself the ability to pay the debt, and borrowing is essentially permissible for one who knows of himself the ability to pay it off, whether he borrows for the purpose of charity or for something else. The Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence reads: "The basic principle is that it is permissible, and that is for the one who knows that he will pay it off, if he has the money he hopes for, and is determined to pay it off, otherwise it is not permissible unless he was forced to."

The jurists have spoken about borrowing to carry out some acts to get closer to Allah. They said about the sacrifice. “And whoever lacks what to sacrifice with, he borrows, and sacrifices with the condition of being able to pay the debt.

Therefore, there is no harm in you borrowing in order to dig a well for charitable purpose, provided that you know yourself the ability to pay it off.

Allah knows best.

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