Can I Work In a Store That Offers a Buy-Now-Pay-Later Option?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Can I work at a store if customers can choose to pay using buy now pay later companies that may charge interest?

Answer

I pray you are well.

Yes, working in such a store is permissible. The buy-now-pay-later schemes may use the word ‘interest’ in the wordings, as do many payment-by-installments schemes, but this does not come under the definition of Riba in the Shari’a.

They are offering the customers one of two contracts. One will cost more but with delayed or spaces payment options, and that is perfectly fine in the Shari’a. [Usmani, Fiqhi Maqalat]

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.