Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam alaykum
Would a career in web development be permissible? Would my income be lawful?
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
Yes, working in web development is generally a permissible line of work. The basis is that if your job itself is permissible, the income you earn will be deemed lawful.
This remains the case even if your work will be used by those engaged in activities which contravene the Sacred Law. But given that this would be an indirect assistance in sin, praiseworthy scrupulousness would entail avoiding such work, if reasonably possible, when other avenues are available.
[Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr wa al-Ibaha (81)]
Please also see: Working for a Company Providing IT Solutions in Un-Islamic Markets and: Is It Considered Assisting in Sin to Develop Software for Casinos, Banks, or Insurance Companies? and: A Reader about Assistance in Sin
And Allah Most High alone knows best.
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.