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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&A
Addition Date 29/08/2013
 
Ruling on Working For A Company That Deals With Another That Sells Alcohol
Is it permissible to work for a company that deals with another that sells alcohol?.


Praise be to Allah.

Selling alcohol is haram, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al‑Ansab (stone altars for sacrifices to idols etc), and Al‑Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.

91. Shaytan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from As‑Salah (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain? [Al-Ma’idah 5:90-91]

And al-Bukhari (22360 and Muslim 91581) narrated from Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: Allah and His Messenger have forbidden the sale of alcohol.

At-Tirmidhi (1295) and Ibn Majah (3381) narrated that Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed ten with regard to wine: the one who squeezes (the grapes etc), the one who asks for it to be squeezed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who pours it, the one who sells it and consumes its price, the one who buys it and the one for whom it is bought.

Classed as sahih by al-Albani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel (2385).

With regard to the company that deals with one that deals in alcohol, if they help in that trade then undoubtedly they are doing something haram and have a share of the sin, and it is not permissible for anyone to do any work that is connected to that. But if their interaction with those who deal in alcohol has nothing to do with the alcohol and is not helping with it, rather it has to do with other work that is permissible, then it is permitted to work with this company with regard to permissible work that does not help with haram things.

See also the answer to question no. 48005.

And Allah knows best.

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