Will it still be permissible for shopkeeper to sell his bottles/ products to such a buyer?

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Date: Sunday, July 17, 2011

Category

Business Matters

Title

Will it still be permissible for shopkeeper to sell his bottles/ products to such a buyer?

Question

Normally a shopkeeper doesn’t know whether the amount they receive for their goods is from halaal source or not. so in this case is it permissible for them to do business?

Secondly, if they are sure the product that they are going to sell will be used in a haraam act or business by the buyer. e,g a shopkeeper sells bottles and he knows that a buyer of his will use it to fill it with wine and will sell it further. Will it still be permissible for shopkeeper to sell his bottles/ products to such a buyer?

Answer

Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.

 

1. It is permissible for the shopkeeper to accept payment from the consumer even if the shopkeeper does not know whether the consumer’s payment is from halal source or haram source. The shopkeeper is not even obliged to enquire from the consumer his source of payment.

2.      If an item had dual or multiple purposes, for example bottles, then it is permissible to sell such an item. If the consumer used the item in a sinful cause, he will be responsible for that. The shopkeeper will not be responsible

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah

 

 

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