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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 03/09/2013
He Is Working In A Store And Is Afraid That They Will Ask Him To Carry Pork To The Trucks
I am a Muslim man working in a western country. I work in a firm that distributes food products to different shops and markets. We move the products from the firm to the trucks to be distributed. Food products such as vegetables, fruits, milk and meat. Sometimes we are asked to move the pork meat to the trucks. So we have to collect it and carry it to the trucks. My question is: what is the ruling on my work? Knowing that the other job opportunities in restaurants offer different dishes that contain pork meat.

Praise be to Allah.

It is not permissible to sell pork or to receive payment for carrying it, or to help with it in any way, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah and His Messenger have forbidden the sale of alcohol, dead meat, pork and idols.

And Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment”

[Al-Ma’idah 5:2]

The same applies to everything that is proven to be haram: it is not permissible to help with it, such as serving alcohol or dead meat, or the meat of domestic donkeys, in restaurants or elsewhere.

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al‑Maitah (the dead animals — cattle — beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols) and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns — and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal — unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death)”

[Al-Ma’idah 5:3]

What the Muslim has to do is fear Allah and look for halal income, and avoid haram income. Every body that is nourished by haram things, the Fire is more befitting for it, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Every body that is nourished by haram things, the Fire is more befitting for it.” Narrated by At-Tabarani and Abu Nu’aym from Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him); classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Jami’ (no. 4519).

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked about working in restaurants where alcohol and pork are served.

They replied: It is haram to work and earn money by helping in the consumption of haram things such as alcohol and pork, and the payment received for that is also haram, because this is cooperating in sin and transgression, which Allah has forbidden as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “do not help one another in sin and transgression”. We advise you to keep away from working in this restaurant and similar places, because that will mean avoiding helping with something that Allah has forbidden.

Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah (13/49).

To sum up: there is nothing wrong with you working in this store, so long as you do not help with anything haram by selling it, collecting it, carrying it or any other kind of help.

And Allah knows best.
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