What Is the Ruling on Buying Something “As Is”?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question 

I was wondering what is the ruling on buying an item/vehicle in an “as is” condition.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Buying something “as is” is an Islamically sound business contract. [Maydani, al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab]

The only ruling that arises from such a condition is that the buyer does not have the option of cancellation if they later find a flaw in the sale item. By agreeing to an “as if” sale, they are essentially waiving their right to cancellation if a flaw is later discovered in the sale item. [Ibid.]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
Yusuf Weltch

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.