Nasihah (Advice):The dearest and most hateful lands to Allah
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “The dearest land to Allah are its Masaajid, and the most hateful to Allah are its market places.” (Muslim)
Question and Answer:
- Q. Ebay charges me a commission for selling items using their online market service. The seller purchases the items on ebay and transfers the money via paypal into my account. Paypal then charges me a commission for using their online money transferring service. Is the above-mentioned transaction permissible?
(Question published as received)
- eBay is the world’s online marketplace; a place for buyers and sellers to come together and trade almost anything.
PayPal is an online payment service that allows individuals and businesses to transfer funds electronically.
The commission paid to eBay would be regarded as a fee in exchange for the usage of their facilities provided.
Similarly, the percentage taken by PayPal for the transferred amount is a fee, for their services in facilitating the transferral of the money.
Accordingly, the abovementioned transactions are permissible.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai