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Amazon Delivery Service Partner (DSP)

Fatwaa ID: 1896

Question:
Assalamualaikum warahmatulahi wabarakaatuh. I pray all is well with you and your family Mufti.

I am seeking guidance on whether an Amazon Delivery Service Partner (DSP) business would be a halal business to own.

For context, a DSP business owner is a third party provider of delivery services for Amazon. The business owner hires staff and leases delivery trucks and Amazon allocates packages to the DSP owner to deliver.

The DSP owner gets paid by Amazon for each completed delivery. The DSP owner would not necessarily know the contents of the orders as Amazon assigns packages based delivery area (e.g. could be based on zip codes).

Given some orders may contain haraam products (e.g. pork products, or other haram products) that the DSP owner would not know, would the Muslim owner of such a business be considered to be engaging in a haraam business?

JazakAllahu Khayr for the guidance.

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We take note of the details of your query. The business in question is permissible. The DSP is hired by Amazon to provide the service of delivery. As for the packages containing impermissible or problematic contents that may have to be delivered, the deliverers will be excused as they are not aware of the contents nor can they find out. In majority of the cases, the contents are permissible and that will be the default. However, it will be advisable for the DSP to give away a small portion of the revenue as a form of purification.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

04/26/1445 AH – 11/10/2023 CE | AML1-8497

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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