Can I work in the I.T department of a retailer which may require to work for banks?

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Asalaam Alaikum, I currently work in the IT dept of a retailer that mostly sells clothes and household supplies. I have become interested in another position that is in consulting because it has more pay and more benefits. The problem is that in that position I might sometimes have to work in finance companies or banks. Should I not consider this position because of this possibility? The income will always come from the consulting company, but they might send me to companies that are not halal to work in. Was-Salaam


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

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

We commend your sensitivity to earning a halal income. Earning a halal income is an obligation[1] and invokes the mercy of Allah Ta’āla and blessings in one’s wealth.

However, in order for us to advise, clarify what the consultant job will entail and what you will be required to do when consulting a bank or financial institution?

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] طلب كسب الحلال فريضة بعد الفريضة

[Shu`ab al-Iman, 6: 2920]

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Hanif Yusuf Patel. He graduated from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn, U.K, with a distinction in Alimiyyah degree. He thereafter travelled to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah Durban, South Africa, to train as a Mufti under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai and Mufti Husain Kadodia.

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