Q: What is the ruling on
selling dates before pollinating palm trees?
Is it permissible to sell unripe dates? Please advise us in this regard.
It is not permissible to sell dates before the palm trees are pollinated, or after they are pollinated until the dates are ripe. However, if palm trees are sold together at any time, there is no problem. In this case dates are sold as part of their trees and not separately. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
"If someone sells pollinated palm trees, their fruits will be for the seller, unless the buyer stipulates to the contrary."
(Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
(Part No. 14; Page No. 87) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.