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Different price for cash and different price for credit

Q: We have a company selling computers with muslim and non muslim customers.

Some customers require financing/loans (which comes with interest) through third party financing institutions to buy the equipment from us. Is it halal for us to accept the payment from the financial institution on their behalf? We are non engaging in any interest as such but we have to be registered an authorized supplier with the institution. Secondly as some muslims as well tend to go through the same system we want to provide an in-house interest free financing facility for our muslim customers only so that they do not have to pay interest and get a short term facility on their purchase from us. I would like to know in terms of price what is the recommended difference between cash and credit please? Lets say R100 is cash price so can we charge R125 for credit term over 6 monthly instalments for instance?



  1. As long as you are not arranging the interest-bearing loan for the customer from the financing institution, it will be permissible. i.e. it will be permissible for you to accept the payment from the financial institution on behalf of the customers.
  2. To stipulate a cash price as well as a credit price to the goods (merchandise) is permissible. However, at the time of the sale it is necessary to specify one of the two prices (i.e. the customer is taking it for either cash or credit), in order for the sale to be valid.
  3. If the cash price is R1oo, it will be permissible for one to charge R125 or more or less on credit over any term, provided the price is fixed at the onset and the term is mutually agreed upon.  

قال ويجوز البيع بثمن حال ومؤجل إذا كان الأجل معلوما لإطلاق قوله تعالى { وأحل الله البيع } وعنه عليه الصلاة والسلام أنه اشترى من يهودي طعاما إلى أجل معلوم ورهنه درعه ولا بد أن يكون الأجل معلوما لأن الجهالة فيه مانعة من التسليم الواجب بالعقد فهذا يطالبه به في قريب المدة وهذايسلمه في بعيدها. (الهداية 3/21)

عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم آكل الربا وموكله وكاتبه وشاهديه وقال هم سواء رواه مسلم ( مشكوٰة المصابيح ص244)

عن أبي هريرة عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ليأتين على الناس زمان لا يبقى أحد إلا أكل الربا فإن لم يأكله أصابه من بخاره ويروى من غباره رواه أحمد وأبو داود والنسائي وابن ماجه ( مشكوٰة المصابيح ص245)

وعن عبد الله بن حنظلة غسيل الملائكة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم درهم ربا يأكله الرجل وهو يعلم أشد من ستة وثلاثين زنية رواه أحمد والدراقطني وروى البيهقي في شعب الإيمان عن ابن عباس وزاد وقال من نبت لحمه من السحت فالنار أولى به ( مشكوٰة المصابيح ص245)

الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لَا يَقُومُونَ إِلَّا كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا وَأَحَلَّ اللَّـهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا فَمَن جَاءَهُ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَانتَهَىٰ فَلَهُ مَا سَلَفَ وَأَمْرُهُ إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ ﴿البقرة: ٢٧٥﴾

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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.

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