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Buying airtime on credit at a higher price

Nasihah (Advice): The special mercy of Allah on Thursdays and Mondays

 

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Deeds are presented on every Thursday and Monday and Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, grants pardon to every person who does not associate anything with Allah except the person who has hatred (in his heart) against his brother. It is said: “Leave both of them until they reconcile.” (Muslim)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. A mobile network offers airtime on credit. For e.g. if a person asks for R20 of airtime, he will be charged R25 when repaying it. But if he purchases the airtime in cash, he will be charged R20 for it. Is this Riba or is this permissible?

 

  1. A.The transaction in reference is permissible and does not constitute Riba (interest). The price that the mobile network charges for the airtime when purchasing it on credit is higher than the cash price. There is no problem with this type of transaction as long as the cash and credit prices are fixed at the time of the transaction.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

 

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