Q: I am a Sudanese young man who is studying in
I would like to ask Your Eminence a question and hope to receive a reply. Due to my bad financial conditions, I have tried to do business with some brothers. We managed to purchase women's clothing and shoes, but we were surprised to find the customs officer in
telling us (Part No. 23; Page No. 548) to go back and not to enter the country with these articles of clothing (130 dress) and (50) shoes. After a long argument, he demanded 2000 rupees as a bribe and later decreased the money to 1700 rupees and we agreed and paid him.Now,
what is the ruling on the profits we will generate from selling these clothes and shoes? If they are unlawful,
is it permissible to donate them to the Afghan Mujahidin (those striving in the Cause of Allah), to support some poor students, or to purchase gifts for our families? Please advise! May Allah help you to serve Islam and Muslims!
If the reality is as you mentioned, the money you paid is a bribe and is unlawful. As regards the clothing and the shoes, there is no harm about their price and profits.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.