Maliks Muwatta Book 32, Hadith Number 15.
Yahya said that Malik spoke about an investor paying qirad money to an agent who made a profit and then wanted to take his share of the profit and the investor was away. He said, “He should not take any of it unless the investor is present. If he takes something from it, he is responsible for it until it is accounted for in the division of the capital.”
Malik said, “It is not permitted for the parties involved in a qirad to account and divide property which is away from them until the capital is present, and the investor is given the principal in full. Then they divide the profit into their agreed portions.”
Malik spoke about a man taking qirad money, and buying goods with it while he had a debt. His creditors sought and found him while he was in a city away from the investor, and he had profitable merchandise whose good quality was clear. They wanted him to sell the merchandise for them so that they could take his share of the profit. Malik said, “None of the profit of the qirad is taken until the investor is present. He takes his principal and then the profit is divided mutually between them.”
Malik spoke about an investor who put qirad money with an agent and he used it and had a profit. Then the principal was set aside and the profit divided. He took his share and added the share of the investor to his principal in the presence of witnesses he had called. Malik said, “It is not permitted to divide the profit unless the investor is present. If he has taken something here turns it until the investor has received the principal in full. Then what remains is divided into their respective portions.”
Malik spoke about an investor who put qirad money with an agent. The agent used it and then came to the investor and said, “This is your portion of the profit, and I have taken the like of it for myself, and I have retained your principal in full.” Malik said, “I do not like that, unless all the capital is present, the principal is there and he knows that it is complete and he receives it. Then they divide the profit between them. He returns the principal to him if he wishes, or he keeps it. The presence of the principal is necessary out of fear that the agent might have lost some of it, and so may want it not to be removed from him and to keep it in his hand.”