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    Question ID: 43699Country: Pakistan

    Title: Scholarship

    Question: If some university or an NGO (non-Muslim) in Europe or America announces scholarships for all students over the world without any discrimination of religion can a Muslim student apply for these scholarships? What is the explanation of verse 50 of surah al-Maidah in which Muslims are forbidden to make friendship with Jews and Christians?

    Answer ID: 43699

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 319/204/L=1434) It is correct and lawful to take scholarship from any non-Muslim organization when it gives it without difference of religion. It is proved by the holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to accept gift from Ahl Kitab. As far as the matter of Surah al-Maidah is concerned Muslims are forbidden to develop hearty friendship with them. For details see Ma’ariful Quran by Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi (رحمة الله عليه).

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India