Earning through redirecting people to ad websites

Q:

1. Is it permissible for me to earn money through redirecting people to ad websites? When they click on a link on my website, they will first be directed to an ad website which will display an ad for few seconds and thereafter they will be directed to the link they clicked on. The ad website will pay me for each person who views their website via me directing them there. Will it be permissible for one to earn money in this way?

2. Will it be permissible for me to earn through advertising for people on my website? I will display people's ads on my website and the ads do not contain any haraam elements (pictures of animate objects, etc.)? 

A:

1. Since there is no valid service that is being offered by yourself, you cannot earn through this means. Merely directing people to view an ad on a website is not regarded as a valid shar'ee service and hence earning wealth through this means is not permissible.

2. It will be permissible for you to earn through advertising for people on your website as this is regarded as a valid shar'ee service.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وشرعا (تمليك نفع) مقصود من العين (بعوض) حتى لو استأجر ثيابا أو أواني ليتجمل بها أو دابة ليجنبها بين يديه أو دارا لا ليسكنها أو عبدا أو دراهم أو غير ذلك لا ليستعمله بل ليظن الناس أنه له فالإجارة فاسدة في الكل ولا أجر له لأنها منفعة غير مقصودة من العين بزازية وسيجيء (وكل ما صلح ثمنا) أي بدلا في البيع (صلح أجرة) (الدر المختار 6/4)

أما تفسيرها شرعا فهي عقد على المنافع بعوض كذا في الهداية وأما ركنها فالإيجاب والقبول بالألفاظ الموضوعة في عقد الإجارة (الفتاوى الهندية 4/409)

الإجارة عقد يرد على المنافع بعوض (الهداية 3/293)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)