Q: We did a deal with a supplier. The supplier asked for R40 000 deposit. We gave her the deposit. Thereafter she began playing games with us, making up stories. Eventually we hired a P.I to track her down and get our money out of her. His charge was R5000 which he will charge out to her. Is this permissible?
A: You cannot charge the supplier.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.