On selling things at the gate of

Q: Our relatives here in Sudan sell dates and yeast as their main form of trade. They are fully aware that the buyer will use them to make Khamr (intoxicants) and they gain a lot from this trade. What is the Shari`ah ruling on this? Are the profits accrued from this trade lawful? Please guide us. May Allah guide you.

A: If the reality is as you have mentioned, it is not permissible to sell them, for Allah (Exalted be He) says, Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwâ (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Severe in punishment. (Part No. 13; Page No. 104)  The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'