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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 29/08/2013
Ruling On Job In Construction Or Painting Of A House For A Fortune-teller Or Practitioner Of Witchcr
What is the ruling on building or painting the house of a fortune-teller or practitioner of witchcraft, whether he wants to buy it or rent it, and I will be paid by him?.

Praise be to Allah.

If the practitioner of witchcraft or fortune-teller is going to use this house to practice magic or tell fortunes, it is not permissible to sell it or rent it to him,  and it is not permissible to build it or paint it for him, because it is a place that is being established for sinful purposes, so he should not be helped in any way, 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]

And because there is evidence which indicates that it is obligatory to denounce evil, and that the one who remains silent and approves of it is to be condemned, so how about the one who helps with it?

Ibn Qudamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: To sum up, selling fruit juice to one who is certain to use it to make alcohol is haram. Then he said: The same ruling applies in all cases where the aim is something haram, such as selling weapons to those who are at war with the Muslims, or to bandits, or at times of fitnah, or selling slave women to become sinners, or renting them out for such purposes, or renting out one’s property for alcohol to sold from it, or to be used as a church, and so on. This is haram, and the contract is invalid. End quote from al-Mughni (4/154).

Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: It is not valid to sell to one who intends to use it for haram purposes, such as selling fruit juice to one who will use it to make alcohol, if that is known, according to the view of Ahmad and others, or if it is thought most likely, as is one of the two views narrated from Ahmad. This is supported by the fact that our companions said: If the landlord thinks that the renter will rent the building for sinful purposes, such as selling alcohol and the like, it is not permissible for him to rent that building to him, and the rental contract is not valid. Selling and renting are the same. End quote from al-Fatawa al-Kubra (5/388).  

It says in Matalib Ooli al-Nuha (3/607):

It is not valid to rent out a house to be used as a church or synagogue or hermitage, or as a “fire temple” for Magian (Zoroastrian) worship, or for selling alcohol or gambling, because that is helping in sin, and Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “do not help one another in sin and transgression” [Al-Ma’idah 5:2]; or to rent it out for music and singing, or anything that the Lawgiver has forbidden. This is the correct view. If the haram usage is mentioned in the rental contract or is known from circumstantial evidence, the contract is invalid. End quote.

It says in al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah (8/228):

Because the purpose behind a rental contract is selling the usage of the house for a specified length of time, conditions should be observed in it as in a contract of sale, which is that there should be no shar’i impediment to making use of it, such as haram things like alcohol, musical instruments and pork. It is not permissible, according to the majority of fuqaha’, to rent out a house for purposes that are not acceptable according to shariah, such as if the renter is going to use it as a place for drinking alcohol or gambling, or he is going to make it into a church or place of idol-worship. In that case it is haram to accept the rent and to pay it, because it is helping in sin. End quote.

But if the practitioner of witchcraft is going to use it as a place of residence and you know for certain or based on circumstantial evidence that he is not going to use it for practicing witchcraft and falsehood, then it is permissible to build it and paint it, although it is better to keep away from that, because the practitioner of witchcraft should be shunned and rebuked, and the community should oppose him until he repents from his haram actions.

Thus the difference is clear between the house that is acquired for sinful purposes and the house that is acquired to live in. Even if a sinner or kafir is going to live there, there is no reason why one should not build a house for a kafir or sinner.

And Allah knows best.

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