Can I Carry Boxes of Wine For Money?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

My brother helps his boss in transferring boxes from a truck to a building. The boxes contain wine bottles. If he is paid for just transferring the boxes (he is not concerned with what is inside), will that money be haram?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

The income your brother earns is lawful (halal). This is the explicit position of Imam Abu Hanifa and the relied upon view in the Hanafi school. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

It is, however, better to adopt a different line of work if one is able to without difficulty or hardship to avoid the difference of opinion on the issue and due to the general disliked nature of such work.

See this reader.

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.