Working as a flight attendant

Q: I’m born Muslim but never practised. I knew haram from halal but it meant nothing to me, which I really regret a lot now. My question is: I used to work as a flight attendant/cabin crew in a airline before, I used to have some flights where we served alcohol. “I quit a year ago” and started to searching for a halaal job and now I have a job, got married and some how make ends meet by the grace of Allah. Now when I need money for the rent and stuff out of the blue, after one whole year, I got a cheque from the same company for my final due payment. The cheque is pretty sweet but I don’t know if its a blessing from Allah or a test. I’m going crazy behind this, and to top it up, I got to explain all this to my wife. please tell me what to do?

PS: The cheque is in two half’s one part is where I served alcohol and the other where I did not. The benefits are combined though.


A: You should seek forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala for your past. You may accept the cheque, however it is better that you give a portion of the money in charity in order to clear your doubts. 

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

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ ﴿المائدة: ٩٠﴾

عن أنس بن مالك قال : لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في الخمر عشرة عاصرها ومتعصرها وشاربها وحاملها والمحمولة إليه وساقيها وبائعها وآكل ثمنها والمشتري لها والمشتراة له (جامع الترمذي #1295)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)