Fiverr.com is a company that provides opportunities for freelancing, through which English people and Arabs work, but the head office of this company is in Israel. Is working through this company permissible and Halal?
الجواب حامدا و مصلیا
Freelancing is an English word comprised of two separate words: free, and lancing. It means earning money without being a worker of any specific company, rather by providing one’s services to different industries, companies, individuals etc. through freelancing websites.
Freelancing companies make policies, which are usually found on their website, in order for them to profit. One can provide his services on the website for a specific period of time. If someone has some sought of skill or talent, he can become a member and undertake different projects available on the website. Similarly, if someone is in need of any specific service, he can also hire a freelancer through the website to work for him.
In terms of Islamic judicial perspective, because the mentioned procedure is that of Ijarat, there is no harm in companies making a profit through these services or in becoming a member of these companies, on the condition that the payment, task and work period etc. be specified. However, there are different types of projects on freelancing websites, of which some are not approved of by the Shari’ah (like music, performing, dancing etc.). Earning through such projects is not permissible.