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Ruling on Tutoring Students outside of School

Answered as per Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
Is it permissible for a teacher to tutor students (Private lessons) from another school and after school time?

praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

In principle, tutoring is permissible, as it is an Ijarah against a lawful work. This is provided that the following rules are observed:

1-The regulations of the school where the teacher works bans private lessons. In this case, these regulations must be adhered to.

2-The tutoring doesn`t involve any violations of Sharia, such as the prohibited privacy or sedition between the two sexes.

3-The tutoring doesn`t affect the teacher`s efficiency at school. For example, he becomes negligent to force students to take private lessons, or he consumes all his mental and physical abilities in tutoring.

4-The teacher doesn`t favor tutored students over others.

In conclusion, once these rules are observed, then tutoring is permissible. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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