Islamic Finance in Finland
Perceptions of the Muslim Minority about Riba and Islamic Banking
Abstract— This is a research based on the results of a survey conducted with Muslims residing in Finland about the reasons for not taking usurious loans and their reluctance to pay interest, which affects significantly the Muslim community and leads to their financial exclusion, such as preventing them from owning a dwelling in Finland or investing their money in projects that are in compliance with their religion.
The results were exclusive and reflect the reality experienced by the Muslim minority in Finland. In addition to the interesting results observed, the non-existence of Islamic banking institutions in Finland makes this research unique because it explains how Muslims perceive usury and deal with it in an environment where the Muslim community is growing constantly but is still considered a minority.
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