Making the bogus supplier pay the private investigator

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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.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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.

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