Praise be to Allah.
Conditions of investing in currencies
If the companies deal in currencies in accordance with Islamic guidelines, it is permissible to invest money in them. Dealing in currencies is subject to a number of conditions:
- The investment company should avoid financial leverage, and limit trading to money that the company has.
- There should be hand-to-hand exchange when trading currencies, so that the currencies are put into the accounts of the buyer and seller in the meeting in which the transaction is done.
- You should avoid haram contracts such as options and derivatives.
There is nothing wrong with giving money to the company to trade in currencies with it, on the basis that the company will have 20% and the remainder will go to the shareholders.
How to calculate zakah on wealth
Zakah must be given on the money (capital) and its profits every year. As for the money, that is because it is cash that the company trades with, transferring it from one currency to another. As for the profit, it is connected to the money (capital).
The scholars of the Permanent Committee (9/356) were asked: I have wealth amounting to 15,000 riyals. I gave it to a man to trade with it on the basis that he would have half of the profits. Is zakah due on this money? On which of them is zakah to be paid, the capital or the profits or both? If zakah is due on the capital, we bought some specific trade goods, such as carpets, furniture and so on, so what is the ruling in this case?
“Zakah must be given on the money and wealth mentioned that is prepared for trade, when one full Hijri year has passed since they were acquired. Zakah must be paid on the capital and profits after one year has passed. If the wealth was used to buy trade goods, then their price should be worked out when one year has passed at the current market value, then zakah should be paid at a rate of 2.5 percent of the total of the capital plus the profits.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Baz, Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Razzaq ‘Afifi, Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Ghadyyan.”
Ruling on using financial leverage
If the company uses financial leverage or deals in any kind of haram contracts, it is haram to get involved with it. You must repent and withdraw your money immediately, and zakah is due on the capital but not the profits earned in haram ways; you must get rid of the haram profits, unless you were unaware of the prohibition.
And Allah knows best.