To help our community members avoid interest on loans, as taught to us by the Holy Quran, Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and the Ahlul-Bayt (AS). In Chapter 2, verse 276, Allah says: “Allah does not bless usury, and He causes charitable deeds to prosper, and Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner.”
Credit unions are not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members. Like banks, credit unions accept deposits, make loans and provide a wide array of other financial services. Member deposits are insured by NCUA, a US federal agency, for up to $250,000. Credit unions provide a safe place to save and borrow.
In early 2016, Jafari No-Interest Credit Union received Texas Credit Union Department and National Credit Union Administration approval and started operations. JNICU, based in Houston, Texas, was created and supported by the Jafari community.
Members can open a Savings Account. The monthly fee is $3 and your deposits are federally insured.
The CU offers No-Interest loans to refinance your existing auto and college student loans.
Routing Number 113094301
How do we operate without charging interest?
While typical credit unions charge interest on loans to pay for their expenses and capital needs, our Credit Union’s operating expenses and net worth (capital) are funded by member account fees ($3/month), additional voluntary fees paid by members, and donations.
JNICU keeps operating expenses low by relying on donated office space and unpaid volunteer staff. Our annual expenses are about $36,000, mainly for IT systems ($15,000), Bank/ACH ($7,000), and CU forms ($5,000).
Our stats(as of November 2017)
1Deposits are insured up to $250,000
2$100 required to open a new account
3Minimum balance $25
4Monthly fee: $3 charged only if account has funds
5Deposits and withdrawals allowed by ACH only
6No cash accepted or issued
7No ATM services, no debit/credit card, no checking services
8Optional/Voluntary Fees to support the CU
No Interest Loans
1Refinance your existing auto loan up to $20,000
2Refinance your existing college student loan up to $20,000
3Refinance your existing home loan up to $20,000
4Member must have made 6 or more monthly payments
5Member must meet CU’s income and credit requirements
6Existing loans with higher interest rates given preference
7Initial Loan Application Fee $25, non-refundable
8Full Loan Application Fee $50, non-refundable
Join the Credit Union
You can join the CU if you are part of the CU’s Field of Membership or a family member of an existing CU member. Family members include: Siblings, Spouses, Parents, Children, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Siblings of Parents, Nieces, Nephews, In-Laws, and First Cousins. Family members living anywhere in the US can join the CU. A person must be a US citizen or resident to join.
The CU’s Field of Membership is limited to members who attend certain Jafari community centers in Houston, Dallas and Austin. Click here to see the CU’s current Field of Membership.The CU currently has 200 members, including several members from Florida, California, New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina - they were able to join via family relationships.
The CU is working on adding other Jafari Centers in Texas, Florida and Michigan. Please contact the CU if your Jafari center would like to be part of the CU’s Field of Membership.
Insha’Allah, we intend to add more Jafari centers in Texas and in states like Florida and Michigan. In the near future, we plan on expanding our offerings to include no-interest loans for small business and college tuition, small loans for community members in financial hardship to avoid high interest payday/title loans, and leasing for cars and equipment.
How you can help
Join the CU, if eligible directly or related to a CU member. The monthly fee is $3.
Inform family and friends about the credit union, in Texas and in other US states, and encourage them to join.
Help the CU with voluntary fees/donations. The CU does not charge interest and relies on fees to meet its expenses and Net Worth requirements. The $3 Account Fee covers about 20% of the CU’s expenses. Your voluntary fees and donations help the CU keep its monthly fee as low as possible to allow more community members to join and benefit from the CU’s services. Click here to see information about Voluntary Fees.
Deposit more funds in the CU so we can lend out more no-interest loans. An average CU lends 75% of its deposits.
Credit Union Main Office
2323 South Voss Rd Suite 390, Houston, TX 77057
Open Sundays only, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Phone: 866 341-1214
Dallas and Austin Offices: By appointment only