Work for bank
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Dear Brother Burhan,
I am an 18 year old girl working with my dad as an administrator in a company where he is a General Manager. The money that I am being paid is from gaming machines which I think is not a very good source because it might not have Allah`s rahmah although I am working for a branch of the company and not that particular. I have nothing to do with the machines. I am handling the accounts of a dry fruit store and the administration of the office I work in.
My question is if I am offered a job in the bank as a Call Centre Representative, can I take the job/ is it halal? Or I am better in this job? I am very confused as other than this present job I can get only that job. I would appreciate if you could clear my doubts and give me a clearer picture. And another important thing is I would personally prefer to take up such a job but I want a view on it in the light of Islam, whether I am permitted to work in a call centre for a bank or is that Haram.
Thanks a lot for your time.
Your sister in Islam
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Work for bank
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Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, if your current job at the dry fruit store has nothing to do with the workings of the gaming company which owns it, your earnings will be considered lawful and halaal in the sight of Shariah. Although the prospect of taking the Call Centre job in a conventional bank would not directly involve you in the haraam of riba, it would definitely involve you in a job that facilitates the concept of riba.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 3327 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud
The Messenger of Allah (saws) invoked the curse of Allah on the one who accepted riba, the one who paid it, the witness to it, and the one who recorded it.
Thus, in our humble opinion, if these two are the only choices available to you at this time, your present job at the dry fruit store would definitely be purer and safer in the sight of Shariah. If you decline the job offer from the bank only because you fear Allah and the Last Day and wish to stay away from the haraam, not only will you receive a huge reward from Allah Subhanah in the Hereafter, but it is expected that Allah Subhanah would open other opportunities for you in the life of this world and provide for you in abundance from His Unlimited and Infinite Bounties.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,