They do not know whether the earnings of those who send food to the mosque are halaal

During ramzan a lot of muslim brothers send iftar items to the mosque and the people do the iftar with this items.what will happen to our fast if we do the iftar with the items send by a person whose earnings are haram(like bank employee,etc). we cannot know who send what in the masjid. Please clarify this.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not essential, indeed it is not wise and it serves no interest, to ask about the source of income of those brothers who send food, because that involves too much unnecessary effort. The basic principle concerning the wealth, food and drink of the Muslims is that it is permissible unless it becomes apparent to you that it is otherwise.

If a Muslim knows that this food was bought with haraam earnings, then he should avoid it.

We have already answered several similar questions. Please see nos. 5559, 4820, 37711

And Allaah knows best.  Continue reading

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Ruling on buying halaal shares through riba-based banks

What is the ruling on buying a halal company’s stocks with a condition that these must be bought through banks only?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is permissible to buy shares in permissible companies via the banks, and what the riba-based banks charge from the purchaser or company is only in return for serving as an intermediary, and it is a fee that is permissible for them, because it is in return for permissible work. Continue reading

Ruling on selling clothes when one does not know whether they will be used in halaal ways or haraam

I have some stores that sell men’s and women’s clothing in a number of shopping centres. I have read about the situations in which it is permissible to sell women’s clothes, and that it is not permissible to sell these clothes if the seller knows that the one who is buying them is going to use them in ways that Allaah has forbidden. But how can the seller or employees know that they are going to be used in ways that Allaah has forbidden? The seller may be in a position where he does not know how they are going to be used.

Praise be to Allaah.

With regard to women’s clothes that merchants sell in their stores, one of the following three scenarios must apply:

1 – The seller knows or thinks it most likely that these clothes are going to be used in permissible ways, and that they will not be used in haraam ways. There is nothing wrong with selling these clothes.

2 – The seller knows or thinks it most likely that these clothes are going to be used in haraam ways, i.e., the woman is going to wear them and adorn herself with them in front of non-mahram men. Selling these clothes is haraam, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“but do not help one another in sin and transgression”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]  Continue reading

Making a program which will be used for halaal and haraam

I want to design a web-site for a company, or make a computer program for them. I know that some of the things that this company does are halaal, and some are haraam.
Is it permissible for me to do this, knowing that I myself will not be directly involved in doing the haraam things? All I will be doing is preparing the program or designing the web-site, which they will use in their work.

Praise be to Allaah.

We put this question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen,who replied as follows:

If most of the work which this company does is haraam, then it is not permissible for him to do that. If most of what they do is permitted, then it is permissible for him to do it. If they (haraam and halaal elements) are the same, then he should not do it, on the assumption that what is haraam will outweigh what is halaal. And Allaah knows best. Continue reading

Renting a shop for one who sells permissible goods, and other goods that may be used for halaal or haraam purposes

I am studying in a country of non-Muslims. My mother rents a shop to a group of kuffar here who sell perfumes and cosmetics. I am sure that most women who use such things here are using it for adornment, and to mix with men. I have read on your website that if something will be used in a haram manner then it is not permissible to be sold. I do not know exactly the quantity of alcohol used in these perfumes they sell. If I tell my mother to stop this, I am sure she will be angry and will say I am very strict. Especially that she does not pray and does not really follow Islam as she should, she will not appreciate the importance of this matter. I fear she gets upset and then I will fail in calling her to practise Islam, and this will make a problem in the family. Another problem is that I live in this country on the money of renting this shop. What is the solution for this difficult problem? It is very difficult for me to change this evil. I feel helpless. Please guide me.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

With regard to things that may be used for halaal or haraam purposes, it is not permissible to sell them to people when it is known or it is thought most likely that they will use them for haraam purposes. If we do not know whether they will use them for halaal or haraam purposes, then there is nothing wrong with selling them to them, because the basic principle is that selling is permissible and is not forbidden. This has been discussed in the answer to question no. 75007Continue reading

Is rent received from a bank halaal?

We rent our complex for a bank…whether the rent which we receive from the bank is halal. please clarify.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Dealing in riba is haraam and is a major sin. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Fear Allaah and give up what remains (due to you) from Ribaa (from now onward) if you are (really) believers.

279. And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allaah and His Messenger but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly (by asking more than your capital sums), and you shall not be dealt with unjustly (by receiving less than your capital sums)”

[al-Baqarah 2:278-278]  Continue reading

Is income from an internet café halaal or haraam?

I am wondering whether income from an internet café is halaal or haraam, noting that this café is the only source of income for a Muslim family.

Praise be to Allaah.

The internet may be used for both halaal and haraam purposes, for both good and evil. If you can control the place and prevent people from using the internet in haraam ways, then the income that comes from this café is halaal.

But if the owner of the café is careless about denouncing evil actions of his customers and he does not prevent them from doing haraam things, then he is a sinner, because he does not denounce evil and he cooperates with them in sin. In that case his income is evil and is haraam.

See also question no. 34672

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He is living in a foreign country and there is no halaal meat available; is there a concession allowing him to eat non-halaal meat?

I am in a foreign country where I am staying for a year and a half for the purpose of study. There is no halaal meat here. Can I eat or not? Please note that dhabh (halaal slaughter) is banned here.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

If the study you need is available in a Muslim country, then it is not permissible for you to travel to a kaafir country for that purpose. It is haraam for you to stay among the kuffaar unless it is essential for medical treatment, business, da’wah or study that is not available in a Muslim country and that you cannot do without. It is also essential to ensure that the circumstances of your study are Islamically acceptable, i.e., no mixing. Perhaps this is rare or non-existent in the country, which leads to loss of shyness in women and heedlessness with regard to loss of morals and the spread of lethal diseases.

See also the answer to question no. 13342 and 27211Continue reading

Can he buy meat from a non-Muslim butcher who says that it is halaal?

If a none muslim butcher claims that he is selling halal meat and chicken is it ok to buy from him. if any of our friends buying from his shop can we eat that meat.Keeping in mind that there are two halal meat shops in our area runing by muslim brothers.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly: it is better for you to buy the meat you need from Muslims, because this is more on the safe side and there is less likely to be any doubt concerning it. You will also be helping the Muslims to continue their work for which there is a need in the western countries. Moreover, the Muslims undoubtedly deserve this business more than others. It is sufficient for the Muslim to feel that he is renewing his bonds of faith with his Muslim brothers every time he forsakes the stores that are owned by kuffaar that may be closer to him or sell goods for cheaper prices, to buy from his brothers in faith. See question no. 9205.

Secondly: If the non-Muslim butcher is not from among the People of the Book, then meat slaughtered by him is not halaal. If he is from among the People of the Book, Jewish or Christian, then meat slaughtered by him is halaal.  Continue reading

Croissants are halaal

Is it permissible to eat croissant, which is a type of bread that looks like a crescent? The story of croissant is that a Christian baker shaped it like a crescent, celebrating the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in some battle. I looked it up in the free encyclopaedia on the Internet and found similar stories, but some people say the said story is false. I think, and Allah knows best, that it is mentioned in some educational books.

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

The croissant is a well known type of bread, the name of which comes from French. Its shape is similar to that of a crescent.

Secondly:

Some Arabic and non-Arabic sources state that this bread was made in the shape of a crescent – the symbol of the Ottoman state – to celebrate the defeat of the Ottoman army at the battle of Vienna at the hands of the Polish army. One of the bakers was the cause of this defeat, as he heard the sound of the Muslims digging to reach the fortified city, so he told the emperor who hastened to prepare a trap for the Muslims, which led to their defeat. That was in 1683 CE.  Continue reading