We have a non-muslim tenant who runs a supermarket business. We have an agreement that he will not sell liquor and pork.
My question is he is selling for eg. corned beef, biscuits etc which Muslims can't eat because of the haram ingredients or issue of stunned meat etc.
Is the rental income halal in this case?
If it is then what is the difference by not selling pork or liquor?
Also for betting business, is it permissible to lease to them? And for people who need to rent my space to do speeches like the church groups who promote their religion?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
There are two views regarding leasing one's property in a locality that is predominated by non-Muslims to a non-Muslim who will use the property to sell pork, liquor and haram food. One view is that it is not permissible. The other view is that it is permissible. It is safer to act upon the first view. There is also scope to act upon the second view. The rental income received from such a tenant, nonetheless, will be halal. This is because the money a non-Muslim makes by selling pork, liquor etc. is not considered haram money in the sense that if that non-Muslim gives the same money (which he acquired by selling pork or liquor) to a Muslim, it will be permissible for the Muslim to keep it.
The same two views mentioned above exist regarding leasing one's property to church groups.
As for leasing one's property to a betting business, it is not permissible. This is because money made through betting is haram money. Therefore, all or majority of the money made by a betting business will be haram. And it is not permissible for a Muslim to take money the majority of which is from a haram source.
And Allah knows best
Checked and approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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