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Latest Resolutions

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.

Prepaid College Tuition Plans
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The interest-based student debt crisis exceeds $1.4 trillion and impacts 44 million people in the US, including Muslims.  A prepaid tuition plan lets an individual purchase units or credits, at current prices, for a beneficiary’s education in the future.  This resolution analyzes such plans, along with its Sharia compliance, concluding that these are permissible forward service (ijarah mudafah) contracts.