Can you please tell me is it ok for me to buy a business either a gas station or a convenient store, in which i have to sell cigarettes, kaffir magazine in which there will be picture of half naked girls adds of alcohol haraam stocks and other haraam things, or how about just working in such a store, is my income halaal or haraam. if in a case where my income is haraam what could i do to make my income Halaal, if i stop selling cigarettes and the magazine does then my income become halaal? and when i sell gas i have to charge taxes, because that’s the law of the country in which i am living?
Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible to sell haraam things such as cigarettes, promiscuous magazines or magazines that promote evil, even if they are published by Muslims, because when Allaah forbids a thing He also forbids its price. It is not permissible to work for these magazines because this is a kind of cooperating in sin and transgression. The income from such sales is haraam. A person has to fear Allaah with regard to his food and drink and all his spending. Selling gas is permissible, and there is nothing wrong with it. If the taxes are compulsory then the one who is forced to do a thing will be forgiven.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr