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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sale of Condoms and Cigarettes

Q: Is it permissable to sell condoms and cigarettes?

It is not permissible to sell an item to someone who you know will use it for a haraam purpose. (Raddul-Muhtaar) The western kuffar have created this concept of “safe-sex”, meaning that people may indulge in zina as long as they use a condom to protect the woman from falling pregnant. On this basis, it will not be permissible to sell condoms to people who one knows are buying them for zinaa indulgence. The best is not to sell them at all, because one will never know whether a man purchases them for zinaa or for sexual relations with the wife, on the assumption he is married. As regards cigarettes, indeed smoking them is makrooh, and likewise the sale of cigarettes. You are allowed to use the money, for the income is not haraam.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Siraj Desai