Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 2)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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fourth is destined for common expenses, the second for
liberal works of a noble mind, the third for alms, and
the fourth for being kept in reserve, i.e. not more of
it than the common expenses for three years. If the
quarter which is to be reserved exceeds this amount,
only this amount is reserved, whilst the remainder is
spent as alms.

Usury or taking percentages is forbidden. The sin
which a man commits thereby corresponds to the
amount by which the percentages have increased the
capital stock. Only to the Sudra is it allowed to take
percentages, as long as his profit is not more than one-
fiftieth of the capital (i.e. he is not to take more than
two per cent.).
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