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Ruling on buying tickets for sports games and concerts then selling them for a higher price

Question: 169383

I was wondering whether it is permissible to sell tickets after buying them so that I can make some money on that? I buy the tickets for the price for which they are sold, and after that I sell them at the going price so that I can make some profit when the value of those tickets goes up. This has to do with both sports matches and concerts, but lately I have been thinking about whether this money is haraam according to Islam? Can you explain to me more about that?.

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

The ruling on selling tickets and making a profit on them is
based on the ruling on going to those places for which you bought the
tickets. If it is permissible for you to go and watch, it is permissible to
buy the tickets and then sell them at a profit after that. If it is not
permissible for you to go to those places because of the evils and haraam
things in them, it is not permissible to attend them for free and it is not
permissible to buy tickets for them and it is not permissible to sell them
to anyone, even if the one to whom it is sold is not Muslim. 

Based on what you mention of examples (matches and concerts),
these are – in most cases – places that it is not permissible for a Muslim
to attend or watch what goes on in them, because it involves obvious evils. 

But in the case of sports, there is hardly any game that is
free of uncovering of ‘awrahs, mixing of men and women, and neglecting
Islamic duties, along with the presence of other evils that are obvious to
anyone of sound mind and reason. One of the most famous of those sports is
football (soccer). The rulings on this game have been discussed in great
detail by Shaykh Dhiyaab al-Ghaamidi (may Allah preserve him) in his book,
Haqeeqat Kurrat al-Qadam (The reality of football), in which he
mentioned forty-one shar‘i reservations about this game in great detail. The
one who wants to know the reality of this game and its evils should read
this book. 

For the ruling on watching sports matches and sports
channels, the evils involved in them, and the ruling on supporting sports
clubs, please see the answer to questions no.
95280,
82718,
84291,
75644,
22636 and
22305

With regard to concerts, if you mean those concerts in which
men and women mix together, and in which there is music and singing and
wonton displays, it is not permissible for the Muslim to attend them or sell
tickets for them, as is the case with regard to any place in which Allah,
may He be exalted, is disobeyed. 

The Muslim should be keen to ensure that his wealth is
halaal. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Any
body that has been nourished with haraam, the Fire is more befitting for
it.” Its isnaad is jayyid. See Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah,
2609. 

And Allah knows best.

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