Is My Tutoring Money Halal Despite Breaking the Law?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Some students are slow learners who need extra lessons from tutors. Working or illiterate parents can’t teach their children. So, they seek home tutors.
In my case, a student in the neighborhood failed an admission test for grade 1 twice. His mother doesn’t know how to teach, and his father doesn’t have time. I tutored him for a month, and he passed the test and got admission. Now, he needs further tutoring. They are rich but not so rich enough to pay huge fees for legal tuition institutes. If I tutored this student, would my earnings become haram due to breaking the law, or would my earnings be halal, and breaking the law is a separate sin? Please note that the illegality of private tuition may lead this child and others to fail without tutor help.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question. Allah Most reward you for your good intentions and support in this way.

If you tutored the student, your money will be halal. your actions of teaching are permissible. It is a different matter if it is somewhat illegal in your country to tutor this way. This is something you will have to challenge.

Helping Others in the Shade of Allah

Abu al-Yasar (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever would love to be shaded in the shade of Allah, let him help someone in hardship or waive a loan.” [Musnad Ahmad]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.