Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Asalamu alaikum,
I live in a small village where it is hard to find work apart from supermarkets which are relatively easy but they serve alcohol and pork etc.
Is it permissible to work in such a place?
I am new to Islam and I am lost in the sea of divergence of opinions found regarding religious matters in Islam.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
It is permitted for you to work on the checkout at a shop which sells the impermissible. [see: Can I Work at a Supermarket Checkout That Sells Pork and Alcohol?]
Pray the Prayer of Need (salat al-hajah), and ask Allah to send you work which you’d rather do. [see: How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?]
I’d consider taking: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship (STEP) and: Excellence in Faith & Action (from Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion)
Please also see: ANSWERS TAGGED ‘ASSISTING IN SIN’
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.