Changing one’s job for a better salary

Q: I am from Bhopal – India. I am working in a US based IT company. I am a married person with one daughter and living happily with my parents in my own house. My question is basically related to my career. I totally believe that whatever is written in destiny by Allah, it will happen and no one can change it. I am offering Salaah on time. My company allows me to go to the Musjid for Salaah and the salary is also not bad. But my friends and relatives are continuously asking me that you are losing your career and opportunities by living in a small city. You should go to Metro cities and should work for big companies. There you will have a good salary, will get a chance to go abroad and many things I will get there. I am really very confused now. If I follow Islam then I should have to stay with my parents and family even if I’m not earning well. If I go with my career, then I will have to leave my parents, family relatives and many things. Kindly suggest to me what Islam says in terms of choosing career options? Should I leave my family and earn money or should I try getting things in the same city where I am living.


A: If your needs are being fulfilled with the present job that you have, then it will be better for you to remain in the condition you are in. This will be better for you and safer for your Deen and the Deen of your family. Many a times a person travels abroad in hope of better business prospects and opportunities, however he is forced to make compromises in his Deen.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)