Q: Could I sell an item in my shop that I dont have in stock? for example,i sell bathroom ware and a client wants a bath tub and they request a white bath tub and pay for it to be delivered. I then accept payment and purchase the bath tub from the wholesaler and deliver it to the clients house. Is this permissible?
A: Selling a commodity that you do not possess is impermissible. You may sell the tub after taking possession of it. Tell your client that you do not have it in stock and you can make it available for him. You should then add a profit to your cost price.
عن حكيم بن حزام قال يا رسول الله يأتينى الرجل فيريد منى البيع ليس عندى أفأبتاعه له من السوق فقال لا تبع ما ليس عندك (سنن أبي داود رقم 3505)
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)