Can you rent or sell a business to non-muslims when they might use it to sell pork or alcohol?

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We borrowed $60,000 from my husband’s brother to buy a halal pizza place and it is going down hill. We can’t pay him off. If we sell it, it will be sold for less $ because it is not worth as much. The Muslims that sold it to us lied and said it made a LOT of money when it didn’t. How do we pay off this debt? We even have credit card debt of about $8,000 from when we were not following Islam a few years back. Help please. We want to do the right thing. We are living conservatively as it is.


We advise you sell the business to anyone Muslim or non-Muslim. You will not
be responsible for anything un-Islamic committed by the new non-Muslim

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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