Question: Is it halal to receive honoraria for religious services?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
Receiving money from others as a gift or out of appreciation for your religious services is perfectly fine.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Whatever wealth comes into your hands without you hankering after it or asking for it, then take it.’ (Muslim)
Receiving or asking for a pre-agreed honorarium is a normal financial contract. One must know what service exactly one will provide and what the default honorarium/fee/payment.
I pray this helps.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years, he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.