Lending hens and eggs in lieu of chicks which will hatch in the future

Question:

Assalam Alaikum

A person lends another person some Hens and the eggs with a condition to receive a fixed portion of young chicks from future growth. Is this permissible or not?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

Walaykum asalam

This method of transaction does not comply with shariah for the following reasons. When a transaction involves any type of exchange, it is necessary that the exchange is known and that it is existent at the time of the transaction. These two conditions are not present in the following transaction, the hens are not in existence at the time of transaction. It is not known if the specified amount of eggs will hatch or not. Therefore it is not permissible.

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Sulaiman Yusufi

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani