Here is what Thomas Jefferson had to say about banking 150 years ago; "I believe the banking institutions are more dangerous for our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allowed private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered". (Thomas Jefferson 1802). Jefferson's prophecy has proved to be true during the financial crunch of America in 2008. But our Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) had already predicted the ills of interest-based system some 1350 years before Jefferson. Interest, the very basis of the banking system of the modern times, was given by Jews. Can we get rid of this system..? Yes, we can, provided we all Muslim countries delink their economies from dollar and start trading in gold only. -SAJID ANSARI, via e-mail, November 12.