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Islamic Ruling on Jobs

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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q and A
Addition Date 26/08/2013
Book Quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 22/141
Ruling on Help To Job seekers, Job Search, Help to Work, Job Search Help
Is it permissible for him in his job to help job seekers to work in haram organizations?

I am an HR professional in India. Recently, I got selected as HR Coordinator in a Recruitment Company, which provides skilled manpower to various types of industries like Oil & Gas, Construction, Manufacturing etc. My problem is that, among all other types of companies, my boss has asked me to coordinate the recruitment to banks, insurance companies and breweries (alcoholic), which are among the most promising sectors in India, from the economic perspective. While I always stay out of riba-based institutions and insurance companies, i doubt if it would be right to direct job-seekers towards such jobs. Though the majority of the job-seekers are non-Muslims and have no issues working with banks and insurance companies, I still feel that I would be sinning if I assist them in seeking jobs in banks. Please advise.

Praise be to Allah.

Working in riba-based banks, insurance companies and breweries is not permissible, and it is not permissible for you to help them in doing evil, whether that is by sending workers to work with them or other ways of helping in committing sin that Allah has forbidden.

That is 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].

Just as Allah has forbidden us to disobey Him, He has forbidden us to help the sinner in his disobedience.

Muslim narrated in his Sahih (2674) from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever calls others to guidance will have a reward like that of those who follow it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest. And whoever calls others to misguidance will have a burden of sin like that of those who follow it, without it detracting from their burden in the slightest.”

Al-Manawi said:

The one who calls others to good is like the one who does it; if (the one who is called) does that good deed, then he (the one who called him) will have a reward like his, otherwise he will have a reward for calling him. And the one who calls others to evil is like one who does it, because he helped him and he will bear a burden of sin like that of the one who does it, even if he does not do it himself.

End quote from Faydul-Qadeer, 3/716-717

Based on that, offering services to help people find jobs in such companies and organizations is not permitted. But with regard to other sectors such as gas and petroleum companies and the like, there is nothing wrong with it.

The fact that most of the job seekers are not Muslim does not alter the ruling, because this is helping in something that Allah has made haram and forbidden to all people. And what is haram is forbidden to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

The rulings of shariah which are addressed to the believers are also addressed to the kuffar, as is the view of the scholars.

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

It should be noted that the favored view is that the minor issues of shariah, both commands and prohibitions, are also addressed to the kuffar. This is the view of the majority of scholars. End quote.

Shaykhul-Islam (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about sewing for a Christian a silken belt on which there are gold crosses; is there any sin on the one who sews it?

He replied:

Yes, if one helps a man in disobedience towards Allah, he is sinning because he is helping in sin and transgression. If that is the case if one helps in sin, then how about helping in kufr (disbelief) and the symbols of kufr?

End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fatawa, 22/141.

The scholars of the Standing Committee said:

 It is well known in Islam that the major and minor issues of shariah are also addressed to the kuffar… So it is not permissible for a Muslim to help them in ignoring that which Allah has enjoined upon them.

End quote from Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah, 14/475

Moreover, these sectors cause a great deal of harm to both Muslims and non-Muslims, so helping those who are in charge of them brings harm to the Muslims too.

So it is not permissible for you to help anyone in doing evil actions or pointing the way to that.

What you should do is guide job seekers to jobs in permissible activities. If that is not possible and you have to direct them towards haram kinds of work, then you should change your job and find other work that is permissible. “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).3. And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine” [At-Talaq 65:2-3]. And whoever gives up something for the sake of Allah, Allah will compensate him with something better than it.

And Allah knows best.

Islam Q&A
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid