The following question and answer by Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo attendees of the Dow Jones University Courses on Islamic Investement.
Question:: What is the Islamic view on employee stock options?
Answer: This is one which many Muslims puzzle over, and with good reason. To begin with, the term "options" often leads to confusion because most Muslims recognize it as perhaps having to do with the options market; and the buying and selling of options is clearly prohibited owing to the element of uncertainty, or gharar, at the time of contracting. (For a detailed discussion of gharar, see: "Lesson Two, Riba and Gharar").