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Investment in Multi level marketing


Asalam o alaikum,

My question is about an internet marketing company called “paydiamond”.I want to know if investing money in it is halal?
They claim to trade in diamonds,they buy them with your money get it ready and sell in the market and pay you profit. you invest certain amount lets say $1200, now company will pay u $60 every week for 50 weeks and also pay bonus if you refer more people. Like this you will make a long chain of people and will get bonus for every person you introduce plus weekly bonus.Now there are 2 payments
1.Fix weekly payments no matter you introduce anyone or not that is guaranteed.
2.Referal bonus which could be up and down depending on how many people you introduce.
Is it ok to have fix weekly paymemts or it will be as interest on your investment? I hope I have explained it enough and correctly.

Jazak Allah Khair.
Ali Ayub.


Wa Alaykumussalam

Thank you for your query.

You have to be sure if that company is really dealing in buying and selling diamonds then there is no problem with it. But if you are not sure about it as many make websites to get money and later don’t trade, this is problematic.

Some scholars say you can’t set a particular amount to receive rather you can write a contract in which you can write the percentage to receive but in the Notes, under the contract, you can write that you will get this much amount every week and later after the contract finishes you will compromise(مصالحه) if anything has to be paid by you in accordance to that percentage.

If you are giving the amount as a partnership, then determining the profit price is not a problem

Regarding your second question, if the Mudarabah is Halal if they do not cut anything from your amount then you can use(Tasarruf) the money as they have agreed.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany’s office, if they are really dealing and doing business by getting your money, it is allowed to get that particular amount and regarding the profit for introducing, he doesn’t allow it, but you can use(Tasarruf) if they are agreeing in paying you the certain amount.

Pyramid marketing:

Question: Is it permissible to engage in network marketing or work in pyramid companies?

Answer: His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant him long life) does not allow or rectify such transactions.

Sleeping Partnership (Mudārabah) according to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Ruling 2228. A sleeping partnership is a contract between two people in which one of them, the ‘owner’ (mālik), provides capital to the other, whom we call the ‘worker’ (Aāmil), so that he may trade with it and the profits be divided between them.

The validity of such a transaction (muāmalah) is conditional upon the following matters:

1. offer and acceptance; in expressing these, any word or action that conveys their meaning is sufficient;

2. the parties must have reached the age of legal responsibility (bulūgh), be sane (ʿāqil), and have the ability to take care of their wealth and use it in a correct way (rushd). They must also enter into the agreement of their own volition (ikhtiyār). With regard to the owner specifically, it is a condition that he must not be prohibited from having disposal over his property (al-mahjūr ʿalayh) by a fully qualified jurist (al-Hākim al-sharʿī) due to bankruptcy. This condition does not apply to the worker except in the case where the agreement requires him to have disposal over property that belongs to him but which he is prohibited to have disposal over;

3. the share of the owner and the worker from the profit must be specified in terms of a fraction, such as a third, a half, or any other fraction. But this condition does not apply when the share of each is customarily determined in the market such that it is commonly understood that there is no need to state this condition. Furthermore, determining the share of each by stating an amount of the capital, such as £10,000, is not sufficient. However, once the profits become evident, one of them can reach a settlement (Sulh) with the other with respect to his share for an amount of the capital;

4. the profits must only be shared between the owner and the worker. Therefore, if a condition is stipulated that some of the profits will be given to another person, the sleeping partnership is invalid (bātil) except if it is in exchange for some work relating to the sleeping partnership;

5. the worker himself must be able to trade, in the event that a restriction is mentioned in the contract that he must conduct the trade himself. For example, if it is said, ‘I give you this money so that you personally trade with it yourself’ and the worker is unable to do so, the contract is void (bātil). But if conducting the trade himself is mentioned as a condition [as opposed to a restriction] in the contract – for example, it is said, ‘I give you this money so that you trade with it on condition that you yourself do it’ – and the worker is unable to do so, the transaction is not void. However, the owner has the option (khiyār) to rescind (faskh) the contract in case the worker does not conduct the trade himself. Furthermore, if the contract mentions neither restriction nor condition but the worker is unable to trade even by appointing someone else, the contract is void. And if he is able to trade at the beginning but becomes unable to do so later on, the contract is void from the time he becomes unable.

Read more rulings regarding Mudarabah(sleeping partnership) on:

Allaho A’alam

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider


Agha Sistany’s office says it is halal but please recheck as some scholars said it is not Halal.