Q: I am a web developer. I did a job of a website which has some relation with alcohol. I didn’t know before I accept the job.
Details: I got a job more than 1 year ago to build a website. That is a “Tour website”. I built it’s structure, and they filled up their content themselves. After the first contract was done, they contracted me time to time for more small work of structure changing in the same website. Once I noticed that their tour package names are “… place BEER Package”, “… place WINE Package” etc. I cannot remember, when exactly I noticed it. But, since I noticed “BEER,WINE”, I’m confused about my earning from it.
Today I asked them: “Alcohol (Beer, Wine etc.) is involved with your business. Right?”
They answered: “Yes” “Not really though” “We sell the trip to places, we don’t sell alcohol on our tours”
I asked them again: “Isn’t your package price included alcohol cost?”
They answered: “” (they didn’t answered)
Note1: The total is a big amount. The amount is not easy for me to sacrifice anytime. I need time to earn it. Otherwise I could sacrifice it without any question.
Note2: I follow Hanafi madhab.
Now my questions are:
1. Is it haram for me, what all I earned from that website work?
2. What should I do about the money I earned before I know about the alcohol involvement?
3. What should I do about the money I earned after I know about alcohol involvement?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)