In today’s interconnected business landscape, partnerships play a crucial role. We have recently obtained interest- free loans and now contemplate entering into a business partnership. Specifically, I am considering partnering with a non-Muslim individual. Is it permissible to engage in a business partnership with a non-Muslim across various business domains?
When considering entering into a business partnership with a non-Muslim, the general principle is that it is permissible as long as the relationship does not become overly intimate, and the cooperation is limited to matters of wealth. Some scholars maintain that it is allowed as long as the Muslim partner maintains control over the business. However, it is advisable to avoid such partnerships whenever possible and instead opt for partnering with a fellow Muslim, ensuring the preservation of religious values and wealth. This approach minimizes the risk of betrayal by someone who may hold opposing religious beliefs, except in cases of necessity where a genuine need arises.