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Working with cargo at the airport

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Q: I am working in Dubai airport. I am in Cargo handling department. We are handling all cargo coming to Dubai and going from Dubai Airport. My job is doing all the documentation, counting the no. of pieces, making it ready for flight, storing cargo in the warehouse racks using forklift. Sometime the cargo will be alcohol or cigarettes. But it is less than 5% of all cargo we handle. Some cargo we don’t know what is inside the packing. I don’t use the money I am getting for the hour which I spend for alcohol or cigar. May be it is only 1 hour in one month. Is the job halaal or haram?


A: The job is halaal, however you should refrain from having any involvement with alcohol or anything haraam.

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

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.

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