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Working in a Hotel IT

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my name is ali bwamadi ali i would like to this question iam a mn who qualified as information technology and i work at the hotel but my work is suporting all computers and telephone at the hotels if work is it ok for me but the hotel there is a alcohol sels and many things

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Working in a Hotel IT

There are few things or products for which Islam has absolutely ‘zero-tolerance’…..for example, intoxicants, gambling, ‘riba’ (interest), ‘fahisha’ (indecent or shameful acts), etc. and it would be considered absolutely inappropriate for a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to work for to facilitate any thing or act which has clearly been declared as ‘haraam’ or unlawful by Allah and His Messenger (saws).

Thus if one works for or is employed by a business which deals solely in ‘haraam’ products or services, or whose primary business is from unlawful products….for example bars serving alcohol, or gambling casinos, or prostitution dens, or interest-based commercial banks, etc…..without an iota of a doubt, one would share an appropriate burden of the sin for dealing in and facilitating products and services which have been clearly declared as ‘haraam’ by Allah and His Messenger (saws).

Because the basic essence and the business of the hotel industry is to provide accommodation for its guests….and just because the hotel happens to have a bar which serves alcohol…does not render the whole hotel industry or business haraam. If one perchance is employed in the hotel industry, but has absolutely nothing to do with the buying, selling, serving, or recording of haraam products….it would be safe to assume that the wages earned for their service would be from the halaal sources of earnings of the hotel. If your work involved is only of IT then one can safely presume your earnings are Halal. The hotel deals in various Haraam things but their earnings are also from Halal things. It will be assumed that your salary etc. is from their Halal earnings.

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