Is Selling Purchased Currency at a Higher Price Permissible?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


If a person buys 1 dollar for a certain price, for example, 100 of any currency, and when that 100 goes to 200, he sells that 1 dollar. Is this type of transaction halal?


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Regarding exchanging currencies from different countries, it is permissible to do so even if there is an excess on one side. For example, exchanging one pound for two dollars is allowed. This is because both currencies belong to different categories, and when exchanging items of different nature, it is allowed to have an excess on one side.

It is permissible to trade currencies of different countries and earn profits from it. However, one party must take possession of their currency at the time of the transaction. As stated in the hadith, it is not permissible to leave both parties in debt.

In normal circumstances, trading in currencies at a rate that is against the rate determined by the government is not permissible, although it cannot be considered an interest (riba).

[Usmani, Buhuth fi Qadhaya Fiqhiyya Mu’asira; Taqi Usmani, Fiqh al-Buyu’]

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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.