What is the ruling on selling gold for dollars in a credit sale and what is the proof of the ruling? Can a jurist say that gold and dollars are different types, which make it permissible for them to be sold in cash or on credit?
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It is impermissible to sell gold for dollars on credit even if they are different types because each one of them is used as a price for other commodities. Scholars say that if the types were different and both items were used for the same purpose, the amount may not be the same, but the sale should be on cash and the sold item should be taken at the time of concluding the contract. The proof of this is the Hadeeth (narration) that was narrated on the authority of ‘Ubaadah ibn As-Saamit that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "Gold is to be paid for by gold, silver by silver, wheat by wheat, barley by barley, dates by dates, and salt by salt, like for like and equal for equal, payment being made hand to hand." [Muslim and Ahmad]
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