By: Sanwaal Muhammad

Darul Iftaa Student- UK

Faculty of Jurisprudence & Islamic Verdicts


Paying commission




I own a restaurant and have got a catering contract of about 500 people and the person who brought the contract to me has to be given a certain percentage of money on this contract. Is this permissible in Islam (giving the person commission)?




As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


In principle, it is permissible to pay commission to a person who brings contracts to you.[1] There are various ways to enact a commission based agency agreement. Explain to us how your contract was formed so we may ascertain its Shariah compliancy.



And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai 


[1] وَفِي الْحَاوِي: سُئِلَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ عَنْ أُجْرَةِ السِّمْسَارِ، فَقَالَ: أَرْجُو أَنَّهُ لَا بَأْسَ بِهِ وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي الْأَصْلِ فَاسِدًا لِكَثْرَةِ التَّعَامُلِ وَكَثِيرٌ مِنْ هَذَا غَيْرُ جَائِزٍ، فَجَوَّزُوهُ لِحَاجَةِ النَّاسِ إلَيْهِ كَدُخُولِ الْحَمَّامِ

(رد المحتار، ج6، ص63 دار الفكر)




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