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The Etiquette of Earning a Livelihood: A Comprehensive SeekersHub Reader

The etiquette of earning a livelihood forms the 13th chapter of Imam Al-Ghazali’s seminal work, the Ihya, which is widely regarded as the greatest work on Islamic spirituality in the world.

 

Seeking nearness to Allah, the ultimate aim in our worldly work

90105_prayer2“Therefore, when you wish to go to your market or do something for your livelihood, or take up a craft or become an agent (wakālah) or engage in some other vocations in order to seek the licit and to imitate the practice of Allāh’s Messenger—Allāh bless him and grant him peace—and to seek recompense (thawāb) for yourself and your dependents, to earn provision for them, and in order to be independent of people while showing compassion to brethren and neighbours, and to pay the obligatory alms and discharge every obligatory right, then hold out hope through these efforts that you shall meet Allāh—glorified and exalted be He—while your countenance is as the moon on the night when it is full.”

Imam Al-Hārith ibn Asad Al-Muhāsibī in his Kitab al-Makasib wa al-Wara’

 

Resources for Seekers:
What Does it Mean to Have “Beautiful Restraint and Balance” in one’s Work, Career, and in Seeking one’s Provision?
Are There Any Invocations To Help Me Find A Job?
Trust in Allah and Provisions for Seekers of Knowledge
Is There a Prayer I Can Make So That My Co-Workers Will Cooperate and Work Better With Me?

Working at a Massage Salon?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu Alaykum,

Is it allowed for me to work on the check out where the customers pay for treatments where women get massaged from men and vice versa?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Yes, your job is permitted as there is no assistance in sin in your work.
However, it is undignified for a Muslim to work in such a place. Ask Allah to give you something better for His sake, and that He make it a means of fulfilling a communal obligation (fard kifaya).
There are personal and communal obligations. The latter tend to have a greater reward as their non-fulfilment has a direct impact on an entire community by each member incurring some level of sin. Most professions fall under the umbrella of communal obligations. Performing such an obligation is a means of serving society at large, and a with a sincere intention for the sake of Allah, a huge opportunity of worship.
And pray the Prayer of Need (salat al-hajah). [see: How Does One Perform The Prayer Of Need (salat al-haja)?]
Please also see: A Beautician With Non-Hijab Clients: Am I Accountable When They Go Out Uncovered? and: The Muslim Standard of Excellence in Work and Life
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Working in a Multinational Company

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Is it permissible to work in a Multinational Company? In our country many people are saying that it is not permissible to be employed with them.

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful

Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

It is in itself permitted to work for a multinational company, if one’s line of work is permissible.

It would be praiseworthy to avoid work with a particular company or organization if they are engaged in reprehensible, harmful, or socially or economically unjust activities, to the extent of the harm–especially if one has alternatives.

When one does work for such a company, one must still at least hate their wrong activities in one’s heart.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani

A Beautician With Non-Hijab Clients: Am I Accountable When They Go Out Uncovered?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas

Question: If a beautician or hair dresser has non-hijab clients, will she be accountable to some degree when they use her services e.g makeup etc and go out uncovered. What about supplying music?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

I pray you are well.

Providing beautician services to women, even those who do not wear the headscarf (hijab), is permissible and the earnings from it halal. However, depending on one’s circumstances, it may be better to avoid.

This returns to the discussion relating to assisting in sin. In the Hanafi school, the degrees of assisting another in sin are:

a. direct assistance in sin
b. indirect assistance in sin
c. possible cause for a sin.

It is impermissible (haram) to do something that directly assists in sin, slightly disliked (makruh tanzihn) to do that which indirectly assists in sin, and better to avoid something that may be a possible cause for sin. However, the earnings from work that fall into the latter two categories would remain halal and there would be no sin involved in such work.

Providing beautician services to women is in itself permissible as there are permissible uses for it, such as a woman beautifying herself for her husband. The “sin” here in connection with women who do not cover themselves properly is not directly related to such work but to an individuals own, willful choice to not cover in accordance with religious dictates. Therefore, such work does not directly assist in sin and would therefore not be impermissible nor sinful. [Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

As for music, it would not be permissible to supply it. This is based on the principle, “it is not permitted to give nor sell anything one is not permitted to use/consume oneself.” [Majalla] Since music is impermissible according to the Hanafi school, it would not be permitted to sell or supply it.

Wassalam
Salman

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani