Boycotting the Goods of the Jews & Trading with the Enemies – By the Scholars: Bukhaaree, Ibn Hajr, Fawzaan.

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Do we really need to pay attention to these slogans and images??

Macs Coca Cola Israel

There is much discussion in our times involving politically and emotionally charged youth (urged on by the political organisation known as the “Muslim Brotherhood”) eagerly compiling lists of businesses that have links to Jewish companies or to Israel itself, or those who trade with them. It is claimed that it is haraam (forbidden) to trade with these types of companies. In fact, even to shop at supermarkets which stock products produced by Jewish or Israeli companies is treachery towards Islaam and the Muslims of Palestine [or so they claim].

I have dealt with the wider question of boycotting and supporting the Muslims of Palestine in a lecture you can ((listen to here)) entitled: “Helping Our Brothers And Sisters In Palestine And The Issue Of Boycotting.” People are have claimed for years that it is forbidden to trade with the Jews. So look, O reader, here at Imaam al-Bukhaaree (d. 256H, rahimahullaah), the author of the famous work commonly known as “Saheeh al-Bukhaaree”. He states in his chapter heading:

بَاب الشِّرَاءِ وَالْبَيْعِ مَعَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ وَأَهْلِ الْحَرْبِ

“Chapter: Buying and Selling with the Mushrikeen (the Pagans) and with the Enemies of War.”

So after bringing this chapter heading showing the permissibility of buying and selling, he states:

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو النُّعْمَانِ حَدَّثَنَا مُعْتَمِرُ بْنُ سُلَيْمَانَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي عُثْمَانَ عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ أَبِي بَكْرٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ  كُنَّا مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ مُشْرِكٌ مُشْعَانٌّ طَوِيلٌ بِغَنَمٍ يَسُوقُهَا فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَيْعًا أَمْ عَطِيَّةً أَوْ قَالَ أَمْ هِبَةً قَالَ لَا بَلْ بَيْعٌ فَاشْتَرَى مِنْهُ شَاةً 

Abdur-Rahmaan b. Abee Bakr (radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) said: We were with the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) when a tall pagan with long matted unkempt hair came driving his sheep. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) asked him:

“Are those sheep for sale or for gifts?” The pagan replied: “They are for sale.” So the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) bought one sheep from him. (Bukhaaree no. 2216)

Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaanee (rahimahullaah) in his Fat-hul-Baaree explanation of Saheeh al-Bukhaaree said (vol. 4, pp. 478-479):

Ibn Battaal said: “Having dealings and trading with the Kuffaar is permissible except that it is not permitted to sell to the enemies of war a product which can be used by them against the Muslims.”

In it is a permissibility to buy the merchandise of the disbeliever, and an affirmation that he owns what is in his hand. Also that it is allowed to accept a gift from  him.

Shaikh al-Fawzaan and Boycotting Products from the USA on the basis that the US supports Israel militarily.

In the attached audio clip below (from a few years ago), Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) was asked concerning what was printed in some newspapers wherein was found a call to boycott US goods on the basis that the USA supports Israel. And it was claimed that this verdict was issued by the Scholars and that it is obligatory upon every single Muslim to boycott the purchase of those goods, and that the purchase of any of these products is completely forbidden. Indeed the one who purchases these goods is a person of major sin on the basis that the purchase of these goods aids the Jews in fighting and killing the Muslims.

So the Shaikh answered strongly and robustly asking for proof that such a verdict was issued by the scholars. He goes on to say that it is not true that such a fatwa was issued. The scholars have not issued verdicts saying the goods of the Americans cannot be purchased and they have not ceased being purchased in the market places of the Muslims. The purchase of these products cannot be prevented unless it is a command given by the ruler, so if the ruler issues such a command forbidding purchase of products or to boycott certain goods from certain countries, then it is obligatory to obey him in that. As for individuals calling for these boycotts and issuing “fatwas” in that regard, then that is not permitted. Listen here (Arabic):


So this response shows the ignorance contained in the likes of the messages below that are being circulated in the UK and elsewhere – compiled by those people affected by the methodologies of al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon (The Muslim Brotherhood) – and spread by unsuspecting youth through social media. They have no religious or political authority to issue such rulings and fatwas. They must be disregarded and reprimanded for speaking without knowledge and authority. Here’s a sample of what was circulated across the UK and elsewhere:


Shops & Clothing:-

Starbucks- Tesco- M&S- Disney Shop- McDonalds- Hugo Boss- Sunglass Hut- GAP- Giorgio Armani- Calvin Klein- Ralph Lauren – Playtex- Banana Republic- River Island- Timberland


Coca Cola- Fruitopia- Fanta- Kia Ora- Lilt- Sprite- Sunkist- Evian- Volvic- Nescafé- Nesquik – Perrier- Vittel

Foods & Chocolates:-

Nestle- Maggi (Noodles)- Buitoni- Crosse & Blackwell- KitKat- MilkyBar- Quality Street- Smarties – After Eight – Aero- Lion- Polo- Felix (Cat Food)

Makeup/Perfumes & Health:-

L’Oreal- Clinique – DKNY- Prescriptives – Origins – La Mer- Bobbi Brown- Tommy (Perfume)- Bumble & Bumble- Kate (Cream)- Johnson & Johnson (Baby Oil)- Huggies- Garnier


Arsenal Football Club- AOL- Time Warner Time Life Magazine- CNN- Barbie- Intel – Motorola- Kotex- The Sun- The Times- Australian Newspapers- National Geographic- Star Channels (Indian)- Sky- Fox- Nokia- Standard Newspapers- New York Post- The Telegraph- Independent


It’s time we learned our religion and realised that these are not from the means of rectification and correction. And saying what has been said above in no way means that we  have no concern for the Muslims who are suffering and being oppressed in Palestine and elsewhere as I have discussed in the lecture ((listen here))

And all praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of creation.