I am a convert to Islam, Is it allowed for me to benefit from my non Muslim parents’ money?
I converted to Islam more than two years ago and due to my young age and for still being a student, I am still financially dependent on my parents (who are Christians). The problem is that part of my parents’ money is coming of interest. So what is the legal opinion of the Hanafi School of jurisprudence about benefitting from my parents’ money?
Gifts of non Muslims to Muslims are legally permissible with no prohibition and it was reported through prophetic traditions the exchange of gifts between Muslims and non Muslims. Al- Bukhari narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) offered a garment to ‘Umar ibn al- Khattab to give it as a gift to his non Muslim brother.
Regarding the Hanafi opinion on this matter, they allow corrupted contracts in non Muslim countries using numerous evidences one of which is the practice of usury by Ibn ‘Abbas in Makkah and that the Prophet did not deem it impermissible before the conquest of Makkah. So it is allowed to benefit from your parents’ money.
On a final note, we would like to advice you that part of being grateful to God for guiding you to Islam is to show utter kindness and extreme care for your parents; an act which would be a true representation of what Islam is all about.