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Latest Resolutions

Employee Stock Purchase Plan
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Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPP) offers employees a tax-advantaged investment option while securing increased motivation and loyalty in return.  However, the plans combine a complex set of interactions and its structure raises a few objections.  This resolution breaks down the ESPP into the relevant Sharia financial transactions and answers the potential objections raised against its permissibility.

Lab-Grown Meat

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Scientists have successfully grown meat in labs by using cells extracted from live animals. It is possible to eat meat from an animal that is still alive, as well as meat that was never part of any animal. This resolution analyzes lab-grown meat using muscle stem cells from animals and induced pluripotent stem cells from bird feathers, and it explains the impermissibility of the former and the permissibility of the latter.

Sponsored Life Insurance
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This resolution declares that employer-sponsored life insurance does not meet the definition of impermissible insurance contracts and, instead, falls within the ruling of a gift.  Employers rarely make these payments from their own accounts, but almost always contract with life insurance providers.  This resolution studies whether the Sharia laws of financial transactions apply to non-Muslim dealings among each other in non-Muslim lands.