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Q: I would like to study and become and electrical engineer. I live in the UK and working in this field means doing the job in domestic homes, factories, outside work, in offices and business, construction sites etc. Also men and women mixing is unavoidable. There may be a time (whether it’s continuous or not) when I have a female client for a home domestic job, or an office company where men and women mix and whose company is something haram or a mix of haram and halal, like insurance or entertainment, restaurant that may sell alcohol. 

My question is: Can I still do this work for clients or provide them my services who may sometimes be women or a business which is haram, as the work may be varied; so one day at someone’s home who is a woman or a business whose dealings are either haram or mixed, and another day with men and with a business that is halal for example?  Do I need to be picky? My job would be to just provide them with a service and my intention would be to earn a living. Would my earning be haram in any way?


A: Rather deal with halaal businesses and with men only.

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

Answered by:

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.

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