Buying House in Muharram

Q: I started the procedure for buying a house in October but we are now in the Islamic month of Muharram. Is there anything in Islam about not engaging in acttivities of this sort in Muharram? A: There are many superstitions regarding the months of Muharram and Safar. These are merely superstitions and should not […]

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Selling Low Alcohol Drinks

Q: I bought a restaurant that sells alcohol and intend to stop selling alcohol but have found a company selling non alcoholic beer, wine, etc with .02%-.05% volume, considering spirit vodka is 40% vol.  Is it halal for me to sell this to customers as they are accustomed to drinking alcohol so offer them alternative […]

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Selling Food to non-Muslims

Q: My mom runs a baking business from home, where she makes biscuits, etc.  She has received a request from a number of Hindu ladies asking her if she can prepare some stuff for Diwali. Is this permissible? A: It is permissible to sell food to non-Muslims, be they Hindu, Christians, Jews, etc. and regardless […]

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False Diploma

Q: I have got a job as a Health Inspector, however the position was given to me while I used a falsified diploma. I have been working for five years, I am good at my job, however my wife had four misscariages that made me think of my life and found that maybe I am […]

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Online Gaming Monitoring Company

Q: Currently I am working for a private financial company/bank as an IT technician (working with Computer Support). I am currently 3 years with this company. The salary is average. So I am applying for other jobs in my IT field for a better salary. Note: I am married with two children, we live on […]

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Spying as a Job

Q: My job involves acquiring confidential information about competitors. For this we pay some external agencies to get us the information. We frame the questions and the external agency gets the answers to me. I analyze this information and send it to the strategy team. Is this job sharia compliant? Does it fall under preview […]

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Working for Insurance Institutions

Q: Is it permissible to work at financial services institutions such as Sanlam, Old Mutual and Metropolitan Life. These institutions deal with Retirement Funds, Insurance (long term and short term), Investments, estate planning, etc. A. It is not permissible to work for these institutions because most of the financial products they sell contain the element […]

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Cyber Online Jobs

Q: Are Cyber Online jobs permissible?   A: Cyber Online Jobs are permissible because in these deals one gets paid for doing work, and this is totally halaal and permissible.   However, if in any online job one is required to do something haraam, e.g. advertising or promoting pornography or cbyer sex etc, then that particular […]

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Paying Mortgage Bond with Interest

Q: Can we pay off our mortgage with interest money? A: A mortgage bond may not be paid off with interest money. Interest or usury must be given to the poor or used for the benefit of the general public in amenities such as public toliets and bathrooms, building bridges and roads etc. It is […]

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Types of Impermissible Employment

Q: I have a question about permissability of accepting employment with prospective employers. What type of businesses is one not allowed to be employed by? Can one be employed by a butcher business that sells halaal and non-halaal meats? Or retail stores that sell clothing and/or food that one is not allowed to wear and/or […]

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