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Subject : Ruling on the Commissions Charged through E-Wallets

Fatwa Number : 3731

Date : 14-11-2022

Classified : Current Financial Issues

Fatwa Type : Search Fatawaa

Question :

I have e-wallets like Orange Money and Zain Cash. I use these to pay water and electricity bills and traffic fines on behalf of the clients. Is it permissible to charge a commission for this service? For example, if the electricity bill is 10JDs, the client pays me 11JDs. If the client transfers 100JDs through one of the e-wallets, I take 5JDs out of that sum. Is this permissible?

The Answer :

All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May Allah`s peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

Based on the above question, the owner of the e-wallet is an agent who pays different bills or transfers money upon direct request of clients who pay him directly, even before he pays that sum via the e-wallet. Here, the general rule is that it is permissible for an agent to get a known wage-a lump sum or a percentage-from the client. However, if the client didn`t pay the agent directly, then this is a form of agency and loan, so, in this case, the agent isn`t allowed to charge a commission so as to avoid falling into Riba (usury/interest).

In conclusion, it is permissible for an agent to get a known wage from the client upon payment of bills or money transfer if the client paid the agent upon conducting the transaction via the e-wallet or prior to that. And Allah the Almighty knows best.



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