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Q: I would like to know if this is permissible:

If a Muslim employee works for an engineering company, and the company is employed to do the engineering (beams, slabs, columns, foundations etc) for e.g. a temple. The Muslim employee is tasked with designing the structure by his boss. Would he be responsible for the sin that go on within the temple?

Another situation, if a Muslim owns the engineering company and is not working for a company and someone approaches him for this task, would this now be sinful?

If the above are sinful, would this change if the building was not the actual temple but a building on the same land that has rooms, dormitories, toilets etc. for the use of occupants of the temple?



  1. The Muslim employee should ask the company to excuse him from such work.
  2. It is impermissible for a Muslim to aid or support in the construction of a church, temple, etc. or anything which is associated with disbelief in any way.
  3. As above.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وَتَعَاوَنُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلْبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقْوَىٰ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا۟ عَلَى ٱلْإِثْمِ وَٱلْعُدْوَٰنِ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّـهَ إِنَّ ٱللَّـهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلْعِقَابِ ﴿٢﴾

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.