“During an interview at a bar a few months earlier, Id asked Zeines about his conscience. He said he didnt see a problem with what he was doing. Pearls cash advances were expensive, he said, but it wasnt like its customers had a lot of alternatives. And laws about interest rates seemed as illogical as the religious rules that hed long since abandoned. Going back to Biblical times, there was something dirty about charging for money, he said. He held up his glass. But a business owner can buy this beer for a dollar, mark it up eight times, and sell it to idiots like us, and no one cares.
Quran 2:275- Those who consume riba [usury, interest] cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah . But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.