Earning a halaal income

Q: There is a genuine problem and for that I need a genuine advice. My father separated from my mother when I was just 5. Since then my mother had been there to support me. Now this is the time I should support her as this is my sole responsibility. Since I have completed my BBA in finance, I am getting offers from some banks but I am not willing to do job there because I got involved in Islam few months back. Before that I was not in to it in any way. There is no source of income as I just do free lancing and everyone is pressurising me to do job where I have only one option for doing a job i.e. in bank since I have applied at different places but the qualification requirement is MBA which I will be starting in a month or so. My mother, sister and everyone linked to us taunts me for not paying attention to such ongoing circumstances of my family. I am just worried if my mother could get some heart problem for getting tensed on not supporting her. However I have tried to explain her several times that working in a conventional bank is not an appropriate thing to do. But no body is listening to me. Please assist me for what should I do. However I had to do my job for sometime like for an year to gain some work experience so that I can get a better and halal job after gaining some experience. I hope you will assist me for no body is there to provide me a genuine answer. Jazak Allah


A: Try your best to do that type of work which is not impermissible in itself, and where there are doubts then ask Allah Ta`ala’s forgiveness and assistance that He may grant you a work that is free of doubts.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لَا يَقُومُونَ إِلَّا كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا وَأَحَلَّ اللَّـهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا فَمَن جَاءَهُ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَانتَهَىٰ فَلَهُ مَا سَلَفَ وَأَمْرُهُ إِلَى اللَّـهِ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ ﴿البقرة: ٢٧٥﴾

عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم آكل الربا وموكله وكاتبه وشاهديه وقال هم سواء رواه مسلم ( مشكوٰة المصابيح ص244)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)