Working at Amazon Shipping Warehouse

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org

As salamu alaikum, i wanted to know the permissibility of working at an Amazon Shipping Warehouse. Its convenient to have this job as i can keep my sharia beard and topi. However, i may have to pick impermissable items for customers. As far as i know alcohol isnt sold by the warehouse but other impermissible products will have to be dealt with. I dont know if a majority of products that i will deal with are permissible or impermissable according to islam as they are determined at random. Please clarify if it ok for me to have this job. Jazak Allah Khair

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

In principle, there are two aspects which are considered before determining the Shari’ah Compliancy of a job profile:

 

1. The nature of the job profile/description itself.

2. The major source of the funds from which the employees of the company/bank are remunerated.

 

Your job profile as explained in your question is unrelated to the direct production and sale of impermissible items, therefore such a job profile is Shariah Compliant.

 

If the major source of funds through which the employee’s of your company are remunerated is from interest and unlawful money, then it is not permissible for one to work at such a company.

 

However, if the majority of the company’s funds are of a non-usurious nature, then employment at such a company is permissible.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ismail Desai,

 

Darul Iftaa

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