Q: I’m an architect. I design residential buildings for my clients and take design consultancy in return. Yesterday a marketing team visited me. They were selling L.E.D lights. A single light costs $10. They Offered me a discount of 20% if I recommend the lights to my clients.
They also said another thing. If I sell the light at full price to my clients, they will transfer the remaining 20% discount into my account. If I give a 10% discount to my clients, they transfer the remaining 10% in my account. Also, it is in my authority to give full 20% discount to my client.
My question is, is it halal for me to earn this way?
Please also note that I have studied the L.E.D sample in a lot of detail, and it is of very good quality.
A: If your clients have appointed you to purchase the lights for them, it will not be permissible for you to take this discount. However, if you are purchasing the lights and thereafter selling it to them, it will be permissible for you to take the discount from your supplier and sell the lights to your clients for the full price. If you wish to give your clients the discount or part of the discount, it will be permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)