Halal Duel: Can I claim prizes from Fantasy Football Leagues?

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halalduelIt’s week 8 of the NFL football season and I sit here writing this while simultaneously attempting to catch every touchdown on RedZone. There are still a few undefeated teams remaining and at least one of them will have a loss by tonight (Packers lost). It may seem futile to being writing this now almost midway through the season and with most people having locked in their fantasy teams since week one. However the Draft Kings and Fan Duel commercials continue to be ballyhooed in our faces so I figured why not?

A hotly debated topic especially in the past several years has been the permissibility of participating in a fantasy football leagues (prize or otherwise). Continue reading

Giving While Living: Part I

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dr-yaqub-MirzaWe are honored to bring you this guest post from Dr. M Yaqub Mirza, President & CEO, Sterling Management Group, Inc. and author of “Five Pillars of Prosperity: Essentials of Faith-Based Wealth Building” which is available on Amazon. This article is an excerpt from his book released here in two parts.

It is the practice of loving and giving that makes life worth living

A man came to the Prophet and asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Which charity is the most superior in reward?” He replied, “The charity which you practice while you are healthy, miserly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, ‘Give so much to such and such, and so much to such and such.’ And it has already belonged to such and such (as it is too late).”[1]

Following this Hadith, I strongly argue for giving while living. Why? Giving while living provides you with an opportunity to see the effects of your gift. While living, you can direct or redirect the use of your contributions. If a project you contribute to does not succeed, you have the opportunity to contribute to another one.

Imagine what would happen if no one gave while living—if everyone only willed, upon death, a portion of their wealth Continue reading

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