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Giving Bank Interest to Charity


Scholars have two different views regarding taking the interest from one’s bank account and giving it to charities. The first view considers that it is not permissible to deposit one’s money in a usurious bank in the first place. If one finds it necessary to do so in order to keep his money safe and he does not receive interest on it, then there is no harm. However, if the account earns interest, then it is not permissible. If he uses the funds that represent the interest, out of ignorance or carelessness, and then repents he should give the money to charity and not add it to his own account. This is the view of Shaikh Abd al-Azeez ibn Baz.