Purchasing and Sales Agents 4item Are purchasing agents working for government departments or private businesses allowed to make a condition that the seller pays them a percentage of the profit? Is it permissible for them to receive such money? And would the ruling be different if they were allowed by their superiors to do so? An agent has a job of purchasing goods for a governmental department or private company. He, in spite of the existence of various sources, refers to an acquainted one in this regard and makes a condition with the seller that in return for his buying from him he would share the profit. 1. According to shar‘, what is the ruling of making such a condition? 2. May the ruling differ in case that his boss or the superior official sanctioned this? 3. What is the view of the seller’s offering a price higher than the normal market price for the same good and making the deal accordingly? 4. If the seller gives a share to the purchasing agent, then what is the ruling concerning both the seller and the agent? 5. If, in addition to his job in the said department, the purchasing agent works in marketing for another company, and for the process of buying goods for this department he does marketing for the company, is he allowed to obtain a percentage of profit from the company? 6. If one has obtained a gain in one of the above mentioned ways, what is his Islamic duty regarding this money? What is the ruling on money given by a seller to the purchasing agents working for government departments and private companies for the purpose of maintaining good business between them without adding to the actual price so far as the seller and the purchasing agent are concerned? Are purchasing agents working for government departments or private companies justified in buying goods for a higher price with a view to taking the extra money for themselves? And is it permissible to receive the extra money from the seller as a favor?