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Is it legal to work in a bank as a teller?

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Assalaamualaikum I am have the following situation and would like some naseehat I currently working for an Accounting firm who are an auditing and accounting firm. We do work for a range of different clients in all sectors of the economy. I have recently been offered a position by a Major Bank to join them as a Computer Auditor where I am responsible for identifying weaknesses in their computer systems and reporting this to management. It is a very good offer and it will help improve my work experience. If I were to take the offer, I am not considering staying there for long, just to gain experience and move on. The place where I am currently working, there is not enough work, therefore this leads to me being unassigned which effects my work productivity levels. This directly impacts my chances of advancing in the company and will be turned down for promotion. Increases are very minimal as well, last years was 3.6%. The banking industry is currently one of the major employers in my job expertise market. So the current thoughts in my mind are that: 1. I will only take the job at ABSA for a maximum of 2 years to get experience and then look for another employment; and 2. I will also be able to afford to buy a house with the extra income. What should I do? Is it acceptable to perform this type of work in a bank? May Allah reward you for your efforts.

(Fatwa: 570/H)

There seems no reason to stop you from doing the work in a bank where you will identify weakness in the computers and report it to the management. Thus, the money earned through this work can be used in buying a house. But, it is advised to you that you should keep on looking for any other job beside this one.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best
Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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