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Q: There is a merchant who sells food products, and when he sells one piece at a certain price, he sells the collection at a lesser price. Then he sells a larger group at a price that is lesser than the two. This happens at the same time without changing the kind of commodity. This merchant gives commodities to another merchant at a higher price than the current price in return for deferring the due time of its value (price). What is the ruling on these different sales? May a merchant deal with people with two faces and differentiate in how he treats Muslims? Is his way of selling on credit lawful? I appreciate your guidance. May Allah reward you with the best.

A: The dealings you mentioned are permissible and there is no harm in them. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.