Opening up the same business as another person

Q: Is it ok to copy someone elses business and do the same thing ? I am taking the same method that they sell clothing. I have no relation with such a person. I don’t know why I feel wrong. I just think the person will think that I copied them and having ill feelings towards me.


A: It is permissible for you to sell the same item or open up the same business provided you do not do anything against the laws of Shariah.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)