Guiding others to feasibility studies on the internet in return for money

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I find advertisements on the internet like “I have 100 million and looking for projects’ ideas” then he receives many responses on his website. It seems he needs many feasibility studies. I have replied and told him that I can guide him to see many feasibility studies which are available for every one on the net. He said to me “if they are really many I will give you 3 million” is this deal Islamically permitted?.
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Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with guiding others to permissible commercial ventures and feasibility studies that are connected to them and there is nothing wrong with receiving payment for that. This comes under the heading of fees for brokers and guides, which the fuqaha’ said are permissible. 

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on looking for a store or apartment for a renter in return for payment to be paid by the one for whom he finds what he wants. 

He replied: There is nothing wrong with that; it is a kind of wages. But you have to strive hard to find a suitable place that the person wants to rent. If you help him in that and look for a suitable place for him, and you help him to reach an agreement about the rent with the landlord, there is nothing wrong with that in sha Allaah, so long as there is no treachery or deceit; rather it is done in an honest and trustworthy manner. If you are sincere and fulfil the trust in looking for what is wanted, without cheating or wronging him or the property owner, then you are doing something good in sha Allaah. 

End quote from Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (19/358). 

See also the answer to question no. 45726

You should beware of scams that are operated via the internet. Someone may take part who claims to have money and to be prepared to pay the fees, so that people will get in touch with him and thus he will get a percentage of the cost of phone calls, and other kinds of tricks and deceit. 

And Allaah knows best.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

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