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Elimination of Interest from the Economy - A Response to Issues and Challenges

Elimination of Interest from the Economy
A Response to Issues and Challenges

By Prof. Khurshid Ahmad
Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies

"Definition of Riba: The judgement is based upon some assumptions or concepts at the conceptual level. Riba have been defined in clear terms. While doing this, the Court has taken into account the controversy that has been taking place about riba in different circles, giving due consideration that all viewpoints being presented were not insincere, many think honestly about the differences. Yet, the court has rightly come to the conclusion that riba covers all forms of interest, usury, bank interest, public utilities and government schemes if they are based on a pre-determined fixed return related to time. It is also very clear that there could be other forms of exploitation and Islam is as much against those forms of exploitation as the exploitation in the form of riba. This should not in any way make the riba concept flexible, yet extension to new situation is not ruled out."

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