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Delivering Food On A Commission Basis

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta Azaadville


A restaurant hires a man deliver food for them, but no specific salary was fixed. They agreed that for every order he delivers, he will get 10% of the cost of the order he delivers as his payment.

Will this be permissible? What if this kind of arrangement is the nor of hos city?


In the queried scenario, the delivery person is not employed by the food outlet as an employee. He works for the food outlet on a commission basis. His commission is known and fixed before delivering the goods to the customer. For example, if an order was placed for R100.00 then it is known to him that he will be receiving 10% (in this example, R10.00 for his service) which he agrees to even before undertaking the task.  Hence, there is no problem with this type of an arrangement.

Also, many of the delivery people deliver food for a number of food outlets which again is an indication that they are not employed by a particular company but merely serve as commission agents.    

This answer was collected from the official Ifta website of Darul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa. Most of the answers are checked and approved by Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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