Kickbacks for purchasing agents
24 Aug 2011 11:11 GMT
I am a business man dealing with computer parts, I come across many customers to whom I am expected to pay some money to get my work done or pass my orders on to their companies. If I do not pay these kickbacks to the purchasers, I will lose my business, since many of my customers expect me to give them some money under the table and will take their business elsewhere if I do not do so. For instance, if I want to sell something for 20,000, then I have to pay 6,000 to the purchasing officer and bill the customer 26,000. Please give me the Islamic verdict on this issue.

Answered by

Sheikh al-Sharîf Hamzah al-Fa`r, professor at Umm al-Qurâ University

If this practice is well known among businessmen and the agencies that send their purchasing representatives know this and accept it, then it is permissible. However, the representatives should not neglect their responsibility to their employers when they accept such commissions.

If, on the other hand, the agencies do not accept this procedure or in cases where the representatives act contrary to the interests of those they represent, then it is unlawful, since it is money that is acquired illegally and deceitfully.

Source: Islam Today

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