Merchant Cash Advance from Shopify

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Q: I want to know about the Merchant Cash Advance from Shopify is halal or haram. Below are some details about the advance money they give, A merchant cash advance is a lump sum (called the amount received) that you receive from Shopify Capital in return for selling to Shopify Capital a set amount of your future sales revenue (called the total to remit). The amount received is deposited into your business bank account, and then a percentage of your daily sales is remitted to Shopify Capital until the total to remit has been completely remitted. For example, Shopify Capital might advance you $5,000 to purchase $5,650 of your future revenue, with a remittance rate of 10%. The $5,000 amount received would be delivered to your business bank account, and Shopify Capital would receive 10% of your daily sales revenue until the full $5,650 total to remit has been remitted. There is no deadline for remitting the total to remit to Shopify Capital. The daily remittance amount is determined by your store’s daily sales, since the remittance rate is a percentage of your store’s daily sales. The remittance amount is automatically debited from your business bank account. Shopify Capital is offering advance amounts between $5,000 and $50,000. The total to remit and remittance rate depend on your risk profile.


A: This is interest.

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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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