Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Question: I am a sister in great debt, paying interest, and struggling to find work. I need to help provide for my family and children. Is working as a police officer permissible? Jazakallah and please make dua I get a halal good paying job for my livelihood.
Answer: Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa brakatuh.
I pray you are well.
Yes, seeking employment as a police officer would be permissible. It would, in fact, be an act of charity if you intend to protect and benefit members of society.
The general premise of the occupation is permissible. Do your best to embody moral excellent and Islamic decorum. Everything else will fall into place, insha’Allah.
Ask Allah for help with your debts. Repent for getting into interest, and express your regret for falling into it. Allah sees your intention and desire to make things right. Be confident that He will help you, and you’ll see that help. The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, told us that Allah said, “I am as my slave thinks I will be.” (Bukhari).
May Allah provide you with a good, halal income, and remove your debts and worries. Amin.
And Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.