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Internet Auction Sales. by Taamas111 (m): 3:53pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Dear sir, Assalamu Alaikum on internet there
is a site where one can buy things relatively
cheap by a sort of bidding. it works like this:
first , one buys some bidding tocken , each
costing about 50 cents, and then on a
selected item he starts bidding.initial item
prices are very cheap, and each bid is only
one or two cent increase over the initial
price. but since many bidders are actually
giving the host company 50 cents (price of
bidding tocken, used one per bid) with each
bid therefore host company is never in loss.
the bidder who bids highest gets the thing
with the bidded price (plus the price of
many bidding tockens he used ), and the rest
of the bidders lose there money which they
used with each bidding tocken. i want to ask
whether it is halal or haram. thanking you in
anticipation for your guidence Allah hafiz
and best regards Ahnaf usman

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

Sale by auction is permissible, and this is
supported by the Hadeeth in which the
Prophet offered an item for sale. A man
said, "I will buy it for one dirham", and the
Prophet said: "Who bids more than one
dirham? Who bids more than one dirham?"
When another man offered two dirhams, the
Prophet sold him the item . [Ahmad, Abu
Daawood and others]

The method mentioned in the question,
however, is forbidden and it does not fall
under the lawful auction sale, since the
money is paid for subscription, not for
obtaining information. Moreover, the paid
money is not returned to the person who is
not the highest bidder, and this is a sort of
gambling because the sale involves inevitable
loss for potential gain. Indeed, this is the
essence of gambling. In the resolution of the
Islamic Fiqh Academy, when listing the
conditions of the permissibility of sale by
auction, it is stated: "Requiring a deposit
from those wishing to enter the auction sale
is permissible. The deposit must be returned
to all the bidders who did not win the
auction and it must be deducted from the
selling price for the highest bidder."

Moreover, it should be noted that sale on
the internet is permissible on condition that
it meets the sale's requirements and
conditions. The sale's requirements include
offer and acceptance between the seller and
the buyer on the item to be sold for the
price suggested. The conditions are: the item
should be lawful, pure, of benefit and
possessed by the seller who is able to deliver
it to the buyer. The item should be known by
seeing it, or fully describing it in a manner
that shows its quantity, type and other
features, which leave no room for
uncertainty.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/163925/internet-auction-sales

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