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Purchasing fake branded items

Fatwaa ID: 280

Question:
السلام عليكم ورحمةالله وبركاته
Respected Mufti

Would the purchase of “fake” branded items be considered as stealing (comparable to stealing an artists designs), or would it be reprehensible in any way?

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

At the outset, one should question himself as to what his purpose and intention is in buying counterfeit items and even genuine brand names. Is it simply an attempt to show off and “flex”? If so, then that is impermissible. Nevertheless, while the purchase of a counterfeit item is valid and the transaction complete, it is unethical. One should not purchase such items. Live an honorable life.

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

06/12/1444 AH – 01/05/2023 CE | AML3-3130

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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