Does Islam encourage people to work even if the only work they can find is low paid manual employment?

Q: Does Islam encourage people to work even if the only work they can find is low paid manual employment? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: It is clear that Islam encourages hard work, enterprise and self sufficiency.[1] Even when one is rightfully eligible to receive from the public treasury it […]

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Income made from a property bought through a haram mortgage

Q: I am renting out a property which is currently on an unlawful mortgage. Is the income/profit made from this property therefore unlawful too? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst it is unlawful to take out an interest-based mortgage the mortgage funds themselves are not unlawful. It is the interest one pays […]

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Can I work in a supermarket if I process harām items such as alcohol at the till?

Q: Can I work in a supermarket if I process harām items such as alcohol at the till? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The legal advice that I have been given is that under English law there is no presumption of agency between a till operator and the supermarket owner/s and that the till […]

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Can someone stuck in a ribā-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the ribā-based loan first?

 Q: Can someone stuck in a riba-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the riba-based loan first, given that is a duty, and thereafter resume with giving voluntary charitable donations? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One who has taken a haram loan or a conventional mortgage should […]

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Can we impose a monetary penalty upon someone?

Q: I have a question about monetary penalties, regarding memorization, inside the masjid. 1) If 2 people are memorizing Qur’an together, is it permissible for them to agree upon a monetary penalty? Specifically, if either one is late to the meeting, or does not recite the daily portion within an allotted time, etc, they must […]

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Is it permissible to work in the IT division of a gaming company?

Q: Would it be permissible to work in the IT division of a gaming company such as King (producers of popular game, Candy Crush Saga)?Also, please elaborate on the nature of working in general for any gaming company that produces games for mobile, PC, tablet etc. Is it considered Halal or not?  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما […]

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Possessing shares in a restaurant that serves alcohol

Q: I am a silent partner in a restaurant that serves alcohol.What course of action should I take with my share? My partners are unlikely to sell. If I have to sell, who do I sell to? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: It is not permitted to serve alcohol and any income thereby earned […]

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Is income generated from selling musical instruments haram?

Q: I have a question re income generated from selling musical instruments. In my ‘pre-practising’ days I had purchased musical equipment such as keyboards and subwoofers. The money used to purchase these back then was Halal. If I did now sell these, is the money I make still deemed as Halal? And if for some […]

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Working as a breast cancer surgeon

Q: I work as a breast cancer surgeon. I reconstruct the breast after it has been removed for cancer. The reconstruction is done by utilising patients own tissue and and silicone implants. Research has shown that patients who lose their breasts have a higher psychological morbidity than patient who have breast reconstruction. Is this islamically permissible […]

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Is working for the financial conduct authority permissible?

Q: Is working for the financial conduct authority permissible? I understand that they regulate all businesses including banks, and set the standard for all businesses. I also know that you have to work closely to the banking industry as part of this role. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب This will depend upon the principle […]

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