Assalamualaikum Sh. Sajid. From an Islamic Transactions perspective, how would the calls towards boycotting products be viewed?
وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
:باسم الله والحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، أما بعد
From an Islamic perspective trade is seen as a means (waseelah) towards achieving different ends (maqaasid). We all trade as a means of acquiring a required benefit, as opposed to just trading for the sake of it.
Based on this the Shariah applies the rules of the latter upon the former accordingly. Thus generally, if the outcome of the trade is a permissible one, the means towards that outcome will also be considered permissible. However if the outcome of the transaction is considered impermissible in Islam, then the means that would eventually lead to that forbidden outcome will also be considered forbidden.
The concept of trade as we have covered together in previous posts, articles, and courses was cited as being from the permissible matters (in Arabic: Mubaah), and the scholars of Jurisprudence methodology categorise Mubaah practices as based on the outcomes they lead to into four categories, as explained eloquently by ibn alQayyim (rh), as follows:Continue Reading…