Thanks to reader Sounder for the latest offense to Islam.
DW: Comparing the benefits of health insurance policy to gambling, key Islamic organisations have termed the policies as "illegal" and directed Muslims to keep away from them.
At a seminar to deliberate whether insuring health was permissible under Islamic law Shariat, the Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) decided that availing such policies was illegal.
Representatives from around 300 Madrasas, including Darul Uloom Deoband, Jamiat Islami participated in the three-day meet, where they reached a conclusion that seeking insurance cover was only another form of gambling.
Health insurance schemes have turned a noble service in to a business activity, hence under Islam it is not permitted, they said.
The Academy, however said, if a person had insured himself under some legal constraints, then it was matter that could be thought over.
It also said that in such a situation, the patient should the spend the left-over amount of the claim he receives from the company on some form [of] service to Allah....
Commenter Pelayo at Dhimmi informs us further.
It's the same song with car and homeowners insurance. Car insurance is allowed only when state law requires it. Some Muslims may still refuse to have car insurance. Those of you who live in high Muslim density areas, make sure you have the uninsured motorist option.
This one is interesting: