Unilaterally canceling a sale

Q: If I purchase a car from someone but did not take possession of it till now from that individual and in his absence I say with intention that “I do not want the car”. Do I lose ownership rights over the vehicle on making that statement when I was yet to take possession of it or can I still claim it under the purchase agreement I made with him originally since I’m the new owner and the statement does not count as such which will render the transaction void?

A: Once you have purchased the vehicle, you are the owner of it. You cannot unilaterally cancel the sale.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)