09.01.2012 - Islamic finance: Paying for piety?
For Canadaís 1.3 million Muslims, UM Financial arrived on the financial scene with a valuable service: mortgages that, in compliance with sharia principles, donít charge interest. But its failure last year has sparked a fierce debate about whether Islamic banking should be banned, or whether itís still a potentially lucrative industry in need of better regulation. Mortgages with UM Financial were set up so that lender and borrower purchased the house together. The homebuyer pays rent to the mortgage issuer (rather than interest), while gradually buying off the outstanding share of the property.............................................Full Article: Source
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