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Q: I’m pretty sure you are aware of how dropshipping works, where someone buys from another person who actually buys from another wholesaler, etc.

So my question is that, would dropshipping be permissible if in the advertisement the following things are stated:

– Time and duration of delivery

– That the actual seller does not have possession of the item

– A thorough description of the item


A: It is not permissible for one to sell an item which one does not own. However, the solution is for one to take orders from those who wish to purchase. After the shipment arrives and one takes possession, one may thereafter sell the item.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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