Question Nbr: 819

Question Date: 3/14/1997

Topic: Talking to Jews & Conduct Business..:

Assalamualaikum, My name is Radhouan and I live in Philadelphia, PA My question is : Is it all right to talk to jewish people and make any kind of business with them? Thank you very much

Dear Sr. A.A. As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu. There is nothing in Islam that prevents you from talking to Jews and conduct business with them as long as the business doesn't involve any thing that is not allowed in Islam, such as buying or selling alcohol or dealing in interest with them, which are transactions not allowed even between Muslims among each others. The permission is based on the fact that prophet Muhammad (pbuh) himself dealt with them and even put his shield as a security for a loan he borrowed from them. Thank you for asking.