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Fatwa By : Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Language English
Reference By Islam Q&A
Addition Date 28/08/2013
Ruling on Working And Job In A Law Company
Ruling on Job in a law company whose field of work is financial markets

Is it permissible to work as an IT personal in a law firm if you know the firm mainly involved in Financial Market deals like Mergers and Acquisitions, IPO (Initial Public offerings of new stocks). Besides the firm may be have operations with loan-debt related work. For more information the company name is... .

Praise be to Allah.

Financial markets are filled with things that are contrary to shariah and often involve haram things, such as buying and selling currencies and gold without the transaction being done hand to hand between the two parties, or dealing with some systems such as the FOREX and Margin (for the rulings on these please see the answer to question no. 93334; dealing with these is haram); buying and selling shares in companies and factories that deal in haram things; buying and selling shares in banks and organizations that are purely riba-based; and many other things.

If a person works in a company or organization that supervises transactions in the financial markets or other places in which Allah is disobeyed, such as hotels and tourist resorts, he will not be free of taking part to some extent in sin, and will be helping in sin and transgression, especially if his job is directly involved in organizing haram actions or dealing with interest (riba).

Allah has forbidden the Muslim to disobey Him, and He has also forbidden him to help the sinner in his sin. 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]

Hence from looking at the nature of this work that this company does, we do not think that it is a permissible job, rather it is haram, because it directly involves recording riba and recording sin and disobedience. This not only has to do with the work of the company itself, rather the company asked about is a law firm that takes care of the interests of its clients and defends them, and seeks their dues of their money, which may be money that involves pure riba. Its work is also not free of other things that are contrary to shariah, because of the nature of its licence as a law firm. All of its work is based on man-made laws, not on shariah, so how can it be halal work?

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas said: It is not permissible for a Muslim to work in a bank or organization or company or for any individual who deals in riba, because of the evidence which indicates that riba is haram, as is helping with riba. There are many jobs, and if a person fears Allah, He will make things easy for him. The wording of the hadith is: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the one who consumes riba and the one who pays it, the one who writes it down and the two who witness it, and he said: they are all the same.  Narrated by Muslim in his Sahih Al-Bukhari narrated part of it from Abu Juhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) with the words: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the one who consumes riba, the one who pays it, the woman who does tattoos, the woman who has them done, and the image-maker. End quote.

Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn Baz, Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Ghadyan.

Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah (15/49).

For information on the ruling on working as a lawyer, please see the answers to questions no. 9496 and 82799.

You should look for another job, and stop thinking about working in this company. We ask Allah to compensate you with good for your strong faith and to grant you goodly provision in this world.

And Allah knows best.

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