Ruling On Working For A Christian Who
Makes Fun Of Islam: Helping Jobseekers To Work In
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Islamic Questions & Answers
I am a young man and I work for a company that
is owned by a heretic Christian, who makes fun of
Islam and hates Muslims. Is it permissible to work for
this mushrik in the case of necessity?
Sometimes I stay away from work to do things I need to
do, without his permission, but I record it as if I
was present at work, as he has withheld many of my
rights from me. Is that permissible? And what does
Praise be to Allaah.
It is permissible to work for a kaafir or mushrik, so
long as one does not approve of anything of his
disbelief or sins. So it is obligatory to object to
him if he makes fun of Islam or Muslims. It is also
obligatory to adhere to Islamic guidelines such as not
regarding him as a friend, not being the first one to
greet, and so on. It is better to work for a Muslim
who fears Allah.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him)
was asked: There is someone who works with the kuffaar;
what advice can you give him?
He replied: We advise this brother who works with the
kuffaar to seek work where there are none of the
enemies of Allah and His Messenger who follow a
religion other than Islam. If this is possible, then
this is what he should do. If it is not possible then
there is nothing wrong with it, because he is doing
his job and they are doing theirs, but that is on
condition that there be no fondness or love or
feelings of friendship towards them in his heart, and
that he adhere to the rulings of Islam concerning
greeting them, returning their greetings, and so on.
Also, he should not attend their funerals or
celebrations, and he should not congratulate them on
End quote from Fataawa ash-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 3/39
It is not permissible to stay away from work whilst
recording it as if one were present, because that is
lying. What you have to do is strive to attain your
rights in proper, legitimate ways.
What you have to do is render back trusts that he has
entrusted to you, and fulfil the conditions that he
stipulated for you in your work with him.
And Allah knows best.
Is it permissible for him in his job
to help jobseekers to work in haraam organisations?
I am an HR professional in India. Recently, I
got selected as HR Coordinator in a Recruitment
Company, which provides skilled manpower to various
types of industries like Oil & Gas, Construction,
Manufacturing etc. My problem is that, among all other
types of companies, my boss has asked me to coordinate
the recruitments to banks, insurance companies and
breweries (alcoholic), which are among the most
promising sectors in India, from the economic
perspective. While I always stay out of riba-based
institutions and insurance companies, i doubt if it
would be right to direct job-seekers towards such
jobs. Though the majority of the job-seekers are
non-Muslims and have no issues working with banks and
insurance companies, I still feel that I would be
sinning if I assist them in seeking jobs in banks.
Praise be to Allaah.
Working in riba-based banks, insurance companies and
breweries is not permissible, and it is not
permissible for you to help them in doing evil,
whether that is by sending workers to work with them
or other ways of helping in committing sin that Allah
That is because Allah says (interpretation of the
"Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue,
righteousness and piety); but do not help one another
in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily,
Allaah is Severe in punishment"
Just as Allah has forbidden us to disobey Him, He has
forbidden us to help the sinner in his disobedience.
Muslim narrated in his Saheeh (2674) from Abu Hurayrah
(may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of
Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
"Whoever calls others to guidance will have a reward
like that of those who follow it, without that
detracting from their reward in the slightest. And
whoever calls others to misguidance will have a burden
of sin like that of those who follow it, without it
detracting from their burden in the slightest."
The one who calls others to good is like the one who
does it; if (the one who is called) does that good
deed, then he (the one who called him) will have a
reward like his, otherwise he will have a reward for
calling him. And the one who calls others to evil is
like one who does it, because he helped him and he
will bear a burden of sin like that of the one who
does it, even if he does not do it himself.
End quote from Fayd al-Qadeer, 3/716-717
Based on that, offering services to help people find
jobs in such companies and organizations is not
permitted. But with regard to other sectors such as
gas and petroleum companies and the like, there is
nothing wrong with it.
The fact that most of the jobseekers are not Muslim
does not alter the ruling, because this is helping in
something that Allah has made haraam and forbidden to
all people. And what is haraam is forbidden to both
Muslims and non-Muslims.
The rulings of sharee‘ah which are addressed to the
believers are also addressed to the kuffaar, as is the
view of the scholars.
Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
It should be noted that the favoured view is that the
minor issues of sharee‘ah, both commands and
prohibitions, are also addressed to the kuffaar. This
is the view of the majority of scholars. End quote.
Shaykh al-Islam (may Allah have mercy on him) was
asked about sewing for a Christian a silken belt on
which there are gold crosses; is there any sin on the
one who sews it?
Yes, if one helps a man in disobedience towards Allah,
he is sinning because he is helping in sin and
transgression. If that is the case if one helps in
sin, then how about helping in kufr (disbelief) and
the symbols of kufr?
End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 22/141.
The scholars of the Standing Committee said:
It is well known in Islam that the major and minor
issues of sharee‘ah are also addressed to the kuffaar…
So it is not permissible for a Muslim to help them in
ignoring that which Allah has enjoined upon them.
End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 14/475
Moreover, these sectors cause a great deal of harm to
both Muslims and non-Muslims, so helping those who are
in charge of them brings harm to the Muslims too.
So it is not permissible for you to help anyone in
doing evil actions or pointing the way to that.
What you should do is guide jobseekers to jobs in
permissible activities. If that is not possible and
you have to direct them towards haraam kinds of work,
then you should change your job and find other work
that is permissible. "And whosoever fears Allaah and
keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to
get out (from every difficulty).3. And He will provide
him from (sources) he never could imagine" [al-Talaaq
65:2-3]. And whoever gives up something for the sake
of Allah, Allah will compensate him with something
better than it.
And Allah knows best.