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Buying and selling through the internet

We reviewed request no. 2785 for the year 2005 which includes the following:

    What is the ruling for using the internet for buying and selling commodities and acting as a middleman?

Answer : Dr. Ali Goma Mohammed

    The internet is among the means of global communication. In this respect, it does not differ from the telephone, telex, fax, and other means of communication. It is permissible to use these means for business transactions if they do not involve deception [taghrir], ambiguity [jahala] or fraud. In this case, they are lawful means to advertise commodities and to conclude business deals. They can be used as a means to facilitate advertising commodities when they adhere to the above mentioned regulations. They can likewise be used to offer services on the internet when they convey the correct information.

    The ruling

    It is legally permissible to use the internet to advertise commodities and facilitate business deals in the absence of deception, ambiguity, fraud or exploitation. The ruling is the same for services that convey the truth.

    Allah Almighty knows best.

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