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I work in a meat wholesale company where more than 80% meat are halal and only around 10% is pork. I work in the accounts department where no direct relation is there to selling pork. Now my question is as the company is earning money by selling pork as well and I am getting paid by them, is my salary halal? Zajakallahu khairan


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Your salary will be Halaal.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Ahmad Jafari

Student Darul Iftaa
Atlanta, GA, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


Assisting in the actual sin:

  1.  The person intends to assist in the sin. For example, selling grape juice with the intention that the buyer will make wine from it. 
  2.  The sin is clearly mentioned in the transaction. For example, selling grape juice to someone who mentions his intention of making wine from it. 
  3.  The person sells something which has no other purpose except sin. For example, selling musical instruments. 

All three actions of such assistance in sin are Haraam. At the time of the transaction, there is no doubt that sin will be committed as the person either intends the sin himself or he knows of the other person’s sin due to his mentioning it or due to the fact that the transaction has no real Halal purpose. 

Being a means for the sin:

  1.  Direct means such that if it had not been for this person, the sin would not have been committed. For example, insulting the deities of another person and, thus, causing him to insult Allah. Had this person not insulted the other person’s deity, he would to have insulted Allah. The same applies to insulting someone else’s parents.
  2.  Means such that it directly helps the sinner achieve the sinful act. For example, bringing alcohol to someone who wants to drink it or bringing a sword to someone who wants to kill unjustly. Even though this act itself did not bring about the sin, however, it directly helped the sinner to commit the sin. 
  3.  Distant, indirect means. For example, selling grapes to someone who will use it to make win or selling wood to someone who will use it to build a church. 

Assisting in the sin itself is Haraam, whereas being a means for the sin is Makruh Tahrimi. In terms of practice, both of these types are completely impermissible, regardless of whether the person had a sinful intention or not. 

As for being indirect means of sin, if the person knew that the sin would be committed at the time of transaction, but rather only learned of it later, the one will be excused. 

(هذا ما استفدت من رسالة مفتي ابرار مرزا)


الفتاوى الهندية – ط. دار الفكر (5/ 342)

الباب الثاني عشر في الهدايا والضيافات  أهدى إلى رجل شيئا أو أضافه إن كان غالب ماله من الحلال فلا بأس إلا أن يعلم بأنه حرام فإن كان الغالب هو الحرام ينبغي أن لا يقبل الهدية ولا يأكل الطعام إلا أن يخبره بأنه حلال ورثته أو استقرضته من رجل كذا في الينابيع ولا يجوز قبول هدية أمراء الجور لأن الغالب في مالهم الحرمة إلا إذا علم أن أكثر ماله حلال بأن كان صاحب تجارة أو زرع فلا بأس به لأن أموال الناس لا تخلو عن قليل حرام فالمعتبر الغالب وكذا أكل طعامهم كذا في الاختيار شرح المختار


(409/18) فتاوی محمودیہ

ایسی تجارت کی آمدنی جس میں غلبہ مال حلال کا ہو اور مال حرام بھی مغلوب اور مخلوط ہو، یعنی کسی جائز کاروبار میں جو روپئے لکائی گئی ہیں ان میں سے زیادہ کسب حلال کے روپئے تھے اور کچھ روپیئے کسب حرام کے بھی مخلوط ہو گئے، ایسے کاروبار کی آمدنی کسی کار خیر  میں استعمال کئے جاسکتے ہیں۔ 


(396/4) امداد الاحکام

ان نصوص سے معلوم ہو کہ جس شخص کی آمدنی حلال وحرام مال سے مخلوط ہو اس میں غالب کا اعتبار ہے۔ غلاب حلال ہے تو اس کا ہدیہ وضیافت قبول کرنا درست جائز ہے لیکن اگر خاص ہدیہ یا طعام کے بارے میں یقینا معلوم ہوجائے کہ اس میں کچھ حرام ملا ہواہے تو اس کا قبول کرنا حرام ہے۔





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