Buying & Selling
Question : Can I sell something that does not currently exist, such as a calf which has not been born yet?
Answer : In some cases, you can sell something that does not exist yet, like a calf, with certain general specifications that apply to a large number of such an animals. But selling a calf of a particular cow whose existence is uncertain and whose soundness is unknown is not a valid sale, if it is sold alone. If it is sold in this way in addition to another thing which does exists at that time in one transaction, then it is valid.
Buying & Selling
Question : Is it permitted by Islam to have a car on lease from a bank in a Muslim country? We pay in monthly installments for several years, and end up paying more than the original price of the car if we were to pay it in cash. At the end of this process, we are given ownership of the car. Is this considered to be interest and is it allowed in Islam?
Answer : The said deal is permissible. It does not involve interest.
Buying & Selling
Question : If vegetables are grown in a private field which is not fenced and there is public access to it, is it permissible for anyone to take and consume the vegetables without asking?
Answer : If one passes through cultivated land that are owned by someone but not fenced, he is permitted to eat from it without damaging it or taking any plantings.
Buying & Selling
Question : If the fruit of the tree is growing in the yard of a neighbor or into the street over the fence, is it allowed to consume them without permission?
Answer : It is permissible to consume them if one is sure of the owners satisfaction. Otherwise, it is not permissible.
Buying & Selling
Question : I was requested by a friend to buy a product. Is it permissible for me to add a margin for myself and give him the increased price?
Answer : It is prohibited to do so.
Buying & Selling
Question : If a man had gold rings in the past, and now realizing that they cannot be worn by him, can he exchange them for women’s gold jewelry?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Buying & Selling
Question : If a person has musical instruments and a man’s gold ring from a time when he was not practicing Muslim, can he sell them now? If he cannot to sell them, what should he do with them?
Answer : If the musical instruments can be used to produce permissible kind of music then it is allowed to sell them. If this is not the case, he can discard them. It is permissible to sell the gold ring even if it is for men.
Trade
Question : I understand from the books of His Eminence that the buyer and seller in a transaction have to be adults (baligh). Does this mean that parents cannot send their children to the store to buy something? Or children in school cannot buy food from the cafeteria?
Answer : It is permissible for the child to buy or sell if it was with the consent of the guardian.
Sell and Buy
Question : Can I sell the things that are freely available, for example, if I take free religious materials and sell it for money?
Answer : If the free things are given as gifts, and they are not given with a condition that they are not to be sold, then one can sell them.
Buying & Selling
Question : Can a Muslim living in a non-Muslim country pay for somebody’s meal at a restaurant if the meal consists of non-halal food?
Answer : If the other person at the restaurant was considered to be the buyer and customer, one is allowed to pay on his behalf. However, if he is paying for the other person, while considering himself to be party to the purchase, i.e. the actual buyer and customer, then he is not allowed to do so.
Buying & Selling
Question : Can we purchase a car where payment will be made in installments, although the total payment made will be higher than the normal price?
Answer : It is permissible to purchase a car or any other item by deferred payments for a price that is higher than its current market value. It is essential that the deal is set originally in such a way that the parties agree to the price and the times of installments.
Buying & Selling
Question : Is it allowed for Muslims to deal in currencies in the foreign currency exchange market?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Others
Question : Some women sell their hair to Muslims or non-Muslims (who are non-Mahram to the women) and receive some money or some other useful items from them in exchange? Is it permissible to do this?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Buying & Selling
Question : Is it prohibited to sell magazines with pictures of women who are dressed improperly and are posing in sexually enticing and arousing ways?
Answer : If this involves propagating sins then it is impermissible.
Buying & Selling
Question : Is it allowed to buy or consume halal food or drink, that is manufactured or processed by a company that manufactures or processes haram food or drink as well?
Answer : If the product were permissible to consume or drink then it is permissible to purchase them.
Buying & Selling
Question : Is it permissible to buy and sell shares of companies in the Canadian and US stock exchanges?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible but it is not permissible to buy shares of companies that deal with prohibited matters like wine and pig and the like of it if the buyer becomes a partner in owning such things.
Buy goods stolen by others
Question : If we are purchasing something from a person, do we have to be concerned with the source of the sold merchandise? What If we know that they are stolen or acquired without the consent of the owner? What if we doubt whether it is stolen or not?
Answer : It is not permissible to purchase goods that are known to be stolen from Muslims or are taken from them by force or without their consent. If there is a doubt whether the goods are stolen or not, then it is permissible to buy them, although it is better to refrain from such goods and purchase from a seller who is not doubted.

Buying & Selling
Question : Could one buy goods from someone who sells Alcohol in his shop?
Answer : Yes, but it is better to choose shops that do not sell such prohibited items.
Buying & Selling
Question : I work in a store as a cashier, and sometimes a customer tells me to keep the change if he gives me more money, so do I have the option of keeping the change for the store or taking it for myself?
Answer : If it was understood that the customer paid the money for you, then you can take it. If he intended to give it to the store, then it should be given to the store.