Zero interest and faith are not words one commonly associates with credit cards.
They do have a place in discussions about the iFreedom Plus MasterCard, tailored to meet the religious requirements of Canada's Islamic community and recently launched by Toronto company UM Financial.
"There are clients in the market looking for structured products that are compliant," from credit cards to mortgages, said Omar Kalair, president and chief executive officer. UM Financial plans to market the card to all Canadians.
The card meets the requirements of Sharia law, which prohibits usury, by being prepaid and therefore interest free, said Kalair.