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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 27/08/2013
Ruling On Hotel Job, Hotel Jobs and Resort Jobs
Arranging hotel reservations for travelers inside the Kingdom and abroad

I am Egyptian and I work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a travel company. I work as a travel consultant, dealing with Saudis and other Arabs. All my role involves is arranging hotel bookings for them, whether inside the Kingdom or abroad. My question is, is there anything wrong with this work of mine? All I am concerned with is these people’s travel and I am worried in case they do things that are contrary to shariah and which are acts of disobedience towards Allah, may He be blessed and exalted.

Praise be to Allah.
It is permissible to work in booking hotels inside the Kingdom and abroad for those who want that, unless it is known or thought most likely that they are travelling for sinful purposes, or if the hotel is known for evil and corruption. In that case, it is haram to tell people about those hotels and it is also haram to help the one who wants to commit sin to do so, because 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]

But in cases where you do not know, or you do not think it most likely that a person is travelling for sinful purposes, there is nothing wrong with you helping him to book a hotel, and if his aim in doing so is for sinful purposes, then the sin will be on him, not on you.

Please see also the answer to question no. 117056 and 82402.

And Allah knows best.

Islam Q&A
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid