Q: I have started working for a hotel company, at their HQ, in their marketing department. My concern is that most chains sell alcohol at their premises – is this a company I should avoid working for? The money made is minimal compared to the revenue generated from actual room bookings. Or should I dispose a portion of my income (a portion that matches the profit made from selling alcohol)?
I understand haraam is haraam, small or large. Can I assume that finding another job is the best and safest option?
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A: If you are not marketing alcohol specifically or as part of the hotel package or any other prohibited activity then it is not prohibited for you to work in the marketing department of the hotel. You do not have to ‘dispose’ of a portion of your income that reflects the proportion the hotel earns through alcohol sales. Non-Muslims are permitted to sell alcohol and, in a non-Islamic state, are not bound by Islamic law in any case. However, if you are marketing alcohol or any other prohibited activity then you should seek permissible alternative employment.