Can I be held liable for the tax evasion of my employers?

Q: What is the ruling on tax in Islam; specifically, employment tax? If I have a job where I am given cash in hand, so that the company can avoid tax, would I also be liable for escaping tax?  Alternatively if I am hired privately to do a one off job, for example to paint […]

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My employer wants me to exaggerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client

Q: My employer wants me to exagerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You cannot make a dishonest claim even if it is at the insistence of your employer. If it is normal practice that the time taken to register the time […]

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Is my income as a para-planner halal?

Q: Is my income as a para-planner ḥalāl, since I will be doing the research but not the advising on the different products (life insurance, mortgages, fixed interest bonds, mutual funds with non sharīʿah compliant companies etc)? I am currently training as a para-planner at a small independent financial advisory firm and I wish to […]

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Is it permissible to work as an energy trader?

Q: Is it permissible to work as an energy trader? The role would involve trading futures contracts. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Trading in futures contracts does not comply with Shari‘ah requirements and so any remuneration earned for performing such activity is not halal. Essentially, a sale contract must be contracted at […]

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Should I quit my job if they sell unlawful items or is it sufficient for me to give away the percentage earned from unlawful items?

Q: Should I quit my job if they sell unlawful items or is it sufficient for me to give away the percentage earned from unlawful items? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not permissible for you to sell unlawful items and any remuneration earned from such sale is also unlawful. Even […]

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What constitutes aiding in sin when working for a software house, as a service provider, as a software engineer, software developer, web designer or web developer?

Q: What constitutes aiding in sin when working for a software house, as a service provider, as a software engineer, software developer, web designer or web developer? What should one look out for to understand when one is aiding in sin when working for a software house, as a service provider, as a software engineer, […]

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Is it permissible for me to create a web portal in which I have no control over the content of discussion therein?

Q: Is it permissible for me to create a web portal in which I have no control over the content of discussion therein?  In my firm we are building a web portal that will help kindergartens/pre-school in Norway to interact with each other and children’s parents. By sending each other SMS texts or email, they […]

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Can I perform my prayers during the time in which clients have paid for my services?

Q: Can I perform my prayers during the time in which clients have paid for my services? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst you are required to perform your obligatory prayers within the correct time and it is very understanding of your employer to allow you to do so, you cannot charge […]

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If a Muslim is working as a cab driver, can they charge a customer who wants to go to a pub or nightclub?

Q: If a Muslim is working as a cab driver, can they charge a customer who wants to go to a pub or nightclub? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: The basic principle in this type of issue is that according to Imām Abū Yūsuf and Imām Muḥammad if an individual […]

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Can I be employed in a job for which the remuneration will be from the funding received by The National Lottery?

Q: Can I be employed in a job for which the remuneration will be from the funding received by The National Lottery?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst participating in the National Lottery is a major sin, it is permissible to receive funding from the National Lottery and to be paid for permissible […]

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Is it permissible to work in the tax department of the HMRC which is likely to have some involvement in interest based transactions?

Q: Is it permissible to work in the tax department of the HMRC which is likely to have some involvement in interest based transactions? I enquired from HMRC whether or not throughout the role there is any interest related transactions such as charging or taking interest, I got the following reply “In respect of charging interest […]

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