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Is It Permissible to Translate Documents for Banks?

Question: I was recently asked to translate texts of a financial nature (banking, bank statements, loans, mortgages, etc.). Would the income I earn from translating these kinds of texts be lawful? I would be paid by a translation agency, not by the bank itself, but the fact that I would help a ‘bank’ is troublesome to me.

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Yes, it would be permissible to engage in such translation work as you would not be directly assisting in sin. The translated documents do not necessarily have to be used for the impermissible transactions; for example, they could be used for record-keeping (Maydani, al Lubab).

The prohibition is for someone who is actively engaged in a usurious transaction. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) cursed the one who consumes interest, the one who gives it, the one who documents [the transaction], and the one who acts as a witness to it; he said, ‘They are all the same’ (Muslim).

Please refer to this video in the principles of assisting in sin. May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Please also see:

Receiving Funding from a Commercial Bank

Is Banking Interest Killing the Barakah in Our Lives?

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

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 Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Is My Income as a Secretary for a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Permissible?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I work for a cosmetic surgery clinic . Clinic does all types of body surgeries including beautification surgeries ( breast surgeries, nose surgeries … ) , also hair transplant and skin care procedures .

I work from home online.

Is my income not halal?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Your income is halal seeing as there is no direct assistance in anyone sinning (Abu al-Haj, Salah,al-Bayan). Please refer to our archive on this topic for more details.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

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 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time.

Over the following eighteen months he studied a traditional curriculum, studying with scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

Can I Work for a Company Making Products Used for Manufacturing Weapons?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I gave an interview to work for a software company, that makes an engineering software product, which can be used by auto manufacturers and aerospace projects, such as satellites.

I asked the interviewer whether this product will be used for making weapons. He said it is possible in the future.

Could you advise if it is permissible for me to take the job?

Answer:  Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

What Permissibility of Work Depends Upon

The permissibility of your work is dependant on two factors: (a) the work you yourself do is permissible, and (b) it has permissible primary uses.

Beyond that, you’re not sinful nor considered “assisting in sin” if the customers of the company you work for use it in impermissible ways.

The Divine Prohibition, “Do not assist one another in sin and enmity,” [Qur’an] is understood to prohibit direct assistance. [Ibn al-Humam/Marghinani, Fath al-Qadir Sharh al-Hidaya; others]

Cases of Indirect Assistance in Harm or Sin

However, when there is clear indirect relationship between your work and something harmful or sinful, then it is recommended (mustahabb) to seek alternative employment, if available—and striving to do so is from both caution and God-consciousness (taqwa).

This needs to be balanced with the duty to provide for oneself and family, one’s financial responsibilities (such as paying debts), and other considerations.

Turn to Allah, perform the prayer of seeking guidance, and ask your heart what choice is most likely to be pleasing to Allah, given all above considerations.

Please see this reader.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

Is It Acceptable to Wear Clothes With Allah’s Name on It?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I am a football player. I would love to see my name “Habibullah” written on my jersey.

1. Is it acceptable for me to wear my jersey into the toilet since it has Allah’s name on it?

2. Will I be responsible if others who buys my jersey wear it into the toilet?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum

1. The basic rule is that it would be disliked to enter the toilet, which is defined here specifically as the area where one relieves himself, while wearing something with the name “Allah” or a Qur’anic verse and the like.

This dislikedness is lifted though when one covers the name or verse before entering the toilet. Yet, even here it would be best to avoid entering with such names/verses if reasonably possible.

2. You will not be responsible and such a possibility does not render it impermissible for you to put your full name on a jersey but what you mention is certainly something to keep in mind as any Muslim would not wish to see the name of Allah disrespected.

You can always, for example, choose to simply have the name “Habib” on your jersey as opposed to “Habib Allah.”

[Ibn Nujaym, Bahr al-Ra’iq (1:256); Ibn Abidin, Hashiya (6:361); Ibn Qudama, al-Mughni (1:109)]

[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 where he spent five years studying Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and continues his traditional studies with scholars in the United Kingdom.

Can I Carry Boxes of Wine For Money?

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.

Is It Permissible to Manufacture and Sell Condoms?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

I would like to start a work where a friend of mine has a company which manafactures and sells condoms, gloves and other latex products on a large scale. Is it wrong for me to go into the field of selling/manafacturing these products?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

It would be permitted to produce and sell condoms because they are in themselves permitted to use.

If an individual buys a condom from you to engage in illicit relations, then this his choice for which you are not responsible. Even if you know that he will be engaging in such acts, it would still be valid for you to sell him such products as you are not directly assisting in sin.

For more, please 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.

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What Are the Principles of Work and Assisting in Sin? [Video]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

What are the principles of work and assisting in sin?

Answer:  Wa’leykum Salam,

Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

Can I Work for a Restaurant Serving Pork and Alcohol?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I just got a job as a server at a seafood restaurant. Even though I won’t be preparing the pork or alcohol directly, I’ll still have to serve it to the customer if they order it. Can I work at such a place? Should I quit the job since it serves these two things?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

Actually serving pork and alcohol to customers would be problematic and impermissible. You should avoid this line of work and find an alternative.

If immediately leaving this job will cause significant difficulty to you, such as inability to pay rent and fulfill basic needs, it would be permitted for you to continue working in this role while you actively seek out an alternative and permissible line of work.

Wassalam,
[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.

Friend Wants to Marry a Non-Muslim. Is It Permissible to Witness Their Civil Wedding?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question:My best friend is Muslim and is involved in a relationship with a non-Muslim woman. He has proposed to her and she has accepted. They have also decided to move in together.

Is it permissible for me to be a witness to their civil wedding or even be present during the ceremony? Is it permissible for me to help them pack and move into their apartment ?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for seeking out clarity on this sensitive issue.

Assisting in sin

There is a clear legal principle (qa’ida fiqhiyya) behind this: That which is not permitted to do oneself, one is not permitted to assist another in.

“O you who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allah, nor of the Sacred Month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlanded people or animals, etc. [Marked by the garlands on their necks made from the outer part of the tree-stems (of Makkah) for their security], nor the people coming to the Sacred House (Makkah), seeking the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when you finish the Ihram (of Hajj or ‘Umrah), you may hunt, and let not the hatred of some people in (once) stopping you from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.” [Qur’an, 5:2]

Is it possible for you to encourage your friend to do a simple nikah? This way, at least they have a valid marriage contract in the eyes of Allah, and his future children will be legitimate.

Good character

Continue to treat him with compassion and respect, but draw the line when you need to. I pray that Allah guides your friend to that which pleases Him, and blesses him with success in both deen and dunya.

Please see:
What Are the Minimum Steps That Must Be Taken for a Marriage to Be Valid?

Wassalam,
[Ustadha] Raidah Shah Idil

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil has spent almost two years in Amman, Jordan, where she learned Shafi’i’ fiqh, Arabic, Seerah, Aqeedah, Tasawwuf, Tafsir and Tajweed. She continues to study with her Teachers through Qibla Academy and SeekersHub Global. She also graduated with a Psychology and English degree from University of New South Wales.

Can I Sell Lemons and Peanuts to a Bar?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Is it permissible for a Muslim foodstuff trader to supply items such as peanuts, tea powder, lemons etc to hotels/bars who may use it as ingredients to their drinks?

Answer: wa alaykum assalam

Yes. This would be permissible.

You are supplying items that are permissible to consume. The way these items are used by others is their choice for which you are not responsible for.

This relates to the issue of assisting in sin. For more details, please see:

Assisting in Sin: A Reader

[Ustadh]Salman Younas

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Born and raised in New York, 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.