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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 02/09/2013
He Works As An Accountant In A Company Where He Writes Down The Calculations For Riba
An accountant works balancing the books for a company. He writes down the figures and calculates the expenses and profits, etc… Among the figures which the accountant write down is the amount of interest – in figures – which the company takes from the bank in return for the balance in their account. He does not deposit anything in the bank and he does not ask the bank for the riba (interest). But he calculates all the figures for the company – only by writing them down – such as wages etc. and the price of raw materials, and this figure is included in that. Is simply writing down this figure in the final statement haram?

Praise be to Allah.

We put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allah preserve him, who replied:

  Yes (it is haram), because it is included in the general meaning of the hadith: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the one who consumes riba, the one who gives it, the two who witness it and the one who writes it down.”

  And Allah knows best.