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Quote semar Replybullet Posted: 01 April 2010 at 11:47am
Assalamu alaikum,
 
As far as I know there is shariah compliance insurance called At-Takaful, this system don't have "gambling/uncertainty" component. But we don't have it in the USA.
 
Here some link talk about it:
 
 
 


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Quote haris30432 Replybullet Posted: 03 April 2010 at 3:14am
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I dont see an insurance policy as something equivalent to wearing a seat belt,wearing a winter jacket etc.This is becoz in insurance policies,there is a valid contract,a promise being made by the company,terms and conditions,continuous payment of money(premiums)till the validity of the contract etc.And when a person buys an insurance for example a fire insurance or something like that,the person is actually taking a chance by putting his money on the possibility of an event occurring which may then benefit him by preventing a loss.That is in simple terms,if the event occurs you benefit,if it doesnt you lose.Doesnt that mean that u are taking a chance??Isnt it a game of chance then??
 
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Quote martha Replybullet Posted: 03 April 2010 at 8:23am
Salams haris,

I guess I would say that life in general is a game of chance. People gamble daily with their life...who to marry, what employment to take, where to live etc etc.

Insurance should be seen as sometimes necessary, sometimes to be avoided. As mentioned previously, house insurance, car insurance and so on, are necessary legalities. Life insurance, here in UK at least, is optional.

So, what should we do about life insurance? When asian women marry they have a dowry of gold and nikah, right? ( Well, most do I guess)FOr them this is a form or insurance isn;t it? If the marriage goes wrong then hopefully they have some financial settlement to fall back on. True, the monetary value does not increase, but the amount agreed upon for marriage can be much higher than a life insurance policy. (Also, their wedding gold can be used in time of financial hardship..but that's a different matter)

So, in societies where there are seldom prenuptial agreements, ie western society, people have life insurance instead.

For muslims then, I think, depending on circumstances, a person needs to make his/her choice on how to handle it.
If life insurance is to protect the family after a death, and provided the premiums do not bring financial hardship , then I guess I would take out a policy.
Maybe if the Prophet(pbuh) were here he would tell us exactly what to do. Times change don't they. :)

Apologies for not having read the above posts in great depth. Maybe I am only repeating some things here

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Quote Hayfa Replybullet Posted: 04 April 2010 at 6:09pm
The question remains about created wealth out of death. For instance, if I have money I can put it away for my children etc. As I will die, it is only prudent. But if I say put away $30,000 and someone makes a million on my death..  I have as suspicion that it would be haram.

And in fact shows a lack of faith in Allah providing.. which is actually a disease of the heart.  And in fact you are gaining wealth you did not earn. And you thus take a chance if I die a certain way someone received a benefit.
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Quote haris30432 Replybullet Posted: 07 April 2010 at 4:43am
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Thank you very much for your comments.Mashallah.. i share the same understanding of Hayfa with regards to Life Insurance.It clearly shows lack of trust in GOD.Plus life insurances in a way has caused many poor people to commit suicide making it look like an accident so that their family receives money.We hear many such stories here in Dubai where people run into a highways and kill themselves.
 
@ Martha i wud like an elaboration on the below.I couldnt really understand what u meant ..forgive me..:)
 
Salams haris,

I guess I would say that life in general is a game of chance. People gamble daily with their life...who to marry, what employment to take, where to live etc etc.

 

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Quote martha Replybullet Posted: 10 April 2010 at 11:29am
Walaikum assalam Haris,

Well...my comment perhaps was not Islamic. FOr Islam says our life is already detailed and set out, though we still have free choice. (I think this is how some would explain it?)

My comment I guess was rather generalised..in that when a person follows their heart and does not ask God for guidance, then life could indeed be seen like a gamble as nothing is set in stone.

Does this help brother? :)

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