Selling Trees To Non-Muslims
Fatwa No: 408448

  • Fatwa Date:5-12-2019 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 8, 1441
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Can i sell trees used for timber abd electricity poles in my country to non muslims? In case of timber it's used in building houses and the poles for electricity will i be held accountable for what the sins they commit in their houses or the electricity they receive through the poles.


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

There is nothing wrong in selling trees that are used for timber and electricity poles, even if the sale is to non-Muslims, as there is no direct or intentional help in what is forbidden. In principle, this is permissible as Allah Says (what means): {But Allah has permitted trade.} [Quran 2: 275]

Moreover, ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) bought food from a Jew with a delayed payment (on credit), and gave him his iron shield as mortgage. [Al-Bukhaari]

Ibn Hajar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “It is permissible to deal with the non-Muslims in matters that are not certain (confirmed) to be forbidden to deal with.

For more benefit on engaging in financial transactions with non-Muslims, please refer to Fatwa 356680.

Allah knows best.

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