Earning through a pyramid scheme

Q: I wanted to earn and bear my university and other expenses on my own so I was looking for online jobs. I came across a business named Forever Living Products. They give earnings by a pyramid scheme in which you have to recommend other people to join your business and become a part of your team and you will get paid. In this way you can earn a great deal of money.

As the growth rate in this business is very high, thus I found it to be a bit doubtful and I think some sort of interest is in involved in this business. Kindly guide me so that I can take my decision accordingly.

A: Earning a commission for selling a product of the supplier is permissible. However, if a condition is laid down that you will have to get other agents etc. then this will not be valid. Further, earning a percentage of what your recruited agents make is not permissible as this money is not in exchange for any effort from your side and the amount is unknown. Hence, you should refrain from such schemes.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)