Title: Conventional futures: a review of major issues from the Islamic finance perspective

Authors: Mohammad Ashraful Ferdous Chowdhury; Yousuf Sultan; Md Mahmudul Haque

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh ' International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), The Global University of Islamic Finance, Lorong Universiti A, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ' International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), The Global University of Islamic Finance, Lorong Universiti A, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abstract: Futures contracts, a widely used instrument for hedging and speculation, has recently become of interest in Islamic finance. However, numerous studies have passed restrictive judgment against the legitimateness of futures contracts as it contains components contradicting Islamic law, e.g., offering a nonexistent product, short selling, gambling, and delay of counter values. The objective of this study is to explore shari'ah views on futures contracts. This study suggests that the validity of the contract depends solely on the nature of the agreement, the subject matter and existence of the prohibitive elements. Finally, this study recommends further research and invites collective efforts to innovate shari'ah compliant futures contacts.

Keywords: conventional future; futures contracts; gambling; Islamic finance; shari'ah law.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2020.111258

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2020 Vol.11 No.2, pp.201 - 210

Accepted: 28 Mar 2018
Published online: 04 Nov 2020 *

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