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Selling & buying from countries that use cheap labour

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is it permissible to buy and sell goods from China given the concerns about cheap labour?

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Is it permissible to buy/import goods from China to sell in the UK? I’ve heard stories in the media (which may or may not be true) about cheap labour/workers rights in China. What is the position in Islamic trade about selling products where there may be an issue about cheap labour/workers rights.


Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this finds you well, and in the best of health and spirits. May Allah grant you all good and success in this life and the next.

It is permitted to import such goods. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with cheap labor. Being actually involved in wronging workers or depriving them of basic rights is what is haram–and it would be proper to avoid working with companies with such practices.

And Allah alone gives success. Faraz Rabbani

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