I accepted the offer, but informed this person that he also had to purchase insurance. He said, ‘Insurance is haram, I won’t buy insurance, but give me the car’ … I sold him the car. Three weeks later, I received another call from the same person. He told me he got in a bad accident; the car was in bad shape. He said, ‘Can you give me insurance now?’ I said, ‘No! I can’t, insurance is haram!’
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- 2.For more on sources of identity in modernity, see Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989).Google Scholar
- 4.The Hayat College’s character program is comparable to the “character-education movement” in the US, which was highly popular in the mid-1980s. For example, in 1984, some public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, agreed to teach some common core values, which included compassion, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and self-respect—values Muslimists also see as core to children’s education. See James D. Hunter, The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil (New York: Basic Books, 2000), 208.Google Scholar