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Islamic Investment & Financing Information
Interest Free Financing Web Sites

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Muslim-Investor.com Web Site

http://www.muslim-investor.com/mi/mortgage.phtml

This is a very useful site. Information on mortgages, loans, credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts, stocks,

Articles, ask a scholar, etc.

ISLAMIC INVESTMENT / FINANCING (NO RIBA-INTEREST) COMPANIES IN U.S.

There are at least three companies in the USA, dealing with Islamic Investments, Free of Riba (Interest). Two of them also do Islamic Financing. I believe all three of them are excellent, Alhamdolillah.

  1. M.S.I. Finance Corporation (Muslim Savings and Investments)

This is the Islamic Financing organization that came to Richmond and gave a presentation in the Islamic Center.

SHARE ...MSI Home Financing

http://www.msifinancial.com/share.htm

1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 640, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Tel: 800-USA-MSI1 / 213-201-0290 Contact: Br. Gul Joya.

MSI is a project of ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America).

INVESTMENT: They have a leasing fund and a housing fund. We have typically been getting 8% profit from our investments in the leasing fund and 4-6% from the housing fund which also has the added potential of capital gains. I believe you need to give MSI a few months notice to withdraw your investment.

FINANCING: You may Lease a CAR through them. You may also Buy a HOUSE with their SHARE (Shared Home Appreciation in Rent and Equity) program: You buy the house jointly with MSI. You make a monthly payment of rent for MSI's current share of the house plus extra money to buyout MSI's share. Thus your rent decreases every month as your ownership in the house increases. The house is appraised every year and the rent and the buyout share of the monthly payment adjusted accordingly until the house is fully paid for. (You pay rent for the fraction of the house you do not currently own, and also share with MSI any appreciation or depreciation). Since Market forces decide the rent and value each year, no Riba (Interest) is involved. I am not sure about the tax deduction status of the rents. It may be that we need to do some lobbying work together for that Insha'Allah.

  1. B.M.I. Inc.

Harmon Tower, One Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ 07094.

Tel: 201-865-8549 Contact: Dr. Hussein Ibrahim.

INVESTMENT: They have leasing and housing funds similar to MSI. I believe they require a higher initial investment than MSI, but also have higher recent profit returns. They also need a few months notice for withdrawls I believe.

FINANCING: I think they help with leasing CARS & equipment, but not house.

  1. AMANA Mutual Fund

c/o Saturna Capital Corporation, 1300 N. State Street Bellingham, Washington 98225.

Tel: 800-SATURNA / 206-734-9900.

This is like a usual Mutual Fund of Wall Street with the additional restriction that the investment must meet Islamic principles (e.g. no stocks of alcohol/gambling etc., no bonds etc.). The religious consultant is NAIT (North American Islamic Trust), which I believe is affiliated with ISNA (Islamic Society of North America). It is a "No Load" fund i.e. no charges for buying and selling. The returns have been: 1993: 10.26%, 1992: 7.88%; 1991: 8.11%. Minimum Initial investment is $100. No minimum for subsequent investment. For a small fee, one can also get very convenient check writing facilities (for checks over $300). With complete liquidity, this comes close to getting the advantages of a usual Bank account!

I have heard that there are some more such companies in Canada. Disclaimer: Please directly confirm all the information presented here.

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U.S.A.

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An Interest Free Housing Project

  • Ameen Housing Co-op Members can buy homes without any interest or mortgage
  • A Good Investment Opportunity For Muslims
  • Setting The Example Mainly Because Of Faith

http://www.the-webplaza.com/Ameen/index.html

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We Bring Our Community
The Choice of "Halal" Financing and Investments.
The Way of LARIBA;

http://www.americanfinance.com/

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Canada

  • Muslim Investment Group (MIG)
    2446 Cawthra Road
    Block 3 Unit 10
    Mississauga, ON L5A 3K6 Telephone: (905) 275-5250 Fax: (905) 275-0066
  • Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd. (ICHC)
    Mississauga Ontario, Canada Email:
    ichc@isnacanada.com Web Site: http://www.isnacanada.com/ichc.htm Telephone: (905) 403-8406

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