Q: My question is regarding working as a software engineer in a Bank. Many people says that it is haram even to work as a security gaurd as he is helping bank. So any job in a bank is haram. So my question here is, can we open a bank account because I think account holder is the highest responsible person for the growth of the bank, for the bank’s existance, for more number of branches and new banks. If it is halal because there is no option, then how can we expect that there should not be a muslim to work in a bank because if no one works then how bank will run and what about that option less muslim. Is ATM withdrawal Halaal? If not, how come ATM machine installer job is haram who is a bank employee. Is Online banking usage like balance statement retrieval , fund transfer is Haram? If yes then how come the software guys who will develop these software applications is haram? I think as per the current market conditions and situations we need to react. So if opening account is allowed the person who will activate the Account should also get allowed. Here no where am mentioning about riba. Riba is strictly prohibited. There is no doubt about it. Opening an account leads to the growth of riba based bank. Some says that muslims should not work in a bank but non muslim brothers can work as they dont have the concept of halal or haram. Meaning if non muslim bank employee share tea with you , it is permissible but if muslim bank employee share tea with you, it is not allowed as the salary he got is haram. Is it like that? Can we work in a bank as Software engineer. We are not taking any riba and am not giving. We are preparing software tools which will be used by bank managers and others. Is it allowed Coming to software work in a bank…. Bank has opened another company for developing the software products of that bank. So working in this entity which is not a bank by itself but its own entity is halal or haram…
A: The ulama have allowed using the bank for security and business reasons since there is no other manageable way to conduct business or to secure the wealth.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)