Is Chain System / Network Marketing Halal?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Is Chain System / Network marketing permissible?

Answer

I pray you are well.

No, this type of marketing is not permitted. Scholars who have analyzed it in detail have concluded that some of its elements are, essentially, gambling. The payment is usually to enter into the scheme, and not for the product. [Usmani, Fiqh al-Buyu‘]

Seek some other form of employment. Intend to fulfill your obligations and support your dependants, and give some in charity. You’ll see the good of it in this life and the next.

Also see:
Are Pyramid Schemes / Network Marketing Businesses Permissible?

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

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