Ripening semi-dry dates artificially

Q 1: Semi-dry dates may be ripened artificially by exposure to heat. Is this permissible? (Part No. 13; Page No. 216) It is important to note that this is done to hasten the process of drying in order to sell the dates at a higher price.

A: It is impermissible to do so, for you are deceiving people by offering unnaturally ripened dates. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!