Earning a fee for referring clients to financial institutes

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Q: Please can I have advice on the following. I have an accounting/bookkeeping practice and as a result I have many clients that ask me for assistance on insurance, retirement annuity and pension funds as well as other long term investments. With regards to this I have also been approached by a financial institute that would like to provide my clients with the following services:

– Business and or personal insurance

– Retirement annuity and pension funds

– Long term investments (Shariah and Non Shariah compliant)

– Medical aid

– Other services that will fall within similar categories

As a result of me referring my clients to the financial institution I will earn a referral fee initially once the client has signed up and in some instances the fee will also be earned in annuity (on going). Is this referral fee that I will be earning halaal or haram on these products? Will it be permissible on certain products such as the medical aids and the long term investments? Please could evidence be provided from the Quran and or Hadith.


A: It is not halaal.

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


Answered by:

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.