Ruling on working as a security guard for a building in which there is an insurance company

I work as a security in the city of London.The building that i work it belongs to a landlord, therefore this landlord rents the space of this building to any company that is wishing to rent the place.the landlord as an owner provides a management team for this building to run the building, and this includes electricians, maintenance, security and other people that are needed to run this building. Because of the area located most of the companies that rent the space of this building are insurance companies. is it allowed to work as a security guard for this building considering that the rent is being paid by the insurance companies, and my wages are being provided by this rent which is paid from the insurance companies even though i do not deal directly with the insurance companies?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Working in commercial insurance companies is haraam, even if the work is as a security guard, because that comes under the heading of cooperating in sin and transgression. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“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”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2].

See also the answer to question no. 40336

With regard to working as a security guard for a building or marketplace in which there is an insurance company, what appears to be the case is that it is permissible, because the insurance company in this case is only part of the building, and the basic principle is that there may be overlooked with regard to that which is part of something that which may not be overlooked otherwise.

So it does not matter that part of your salary may come from the money that the building owner gets from the insurance company, because your salary is in return for your work, which is permissible, as stated above.

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A security guard sleeping when he has nothing to do

I am a security guard and sometimes we have nothing to do, and I have some colleagues with me. Is it permissible for me to take a little rest i.e., to sleep for a short while, when my colleagues are there, and if there is work to be done they will wake me up, so that it will not result in my falling short in doing my job.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the boss knows about that and does not object, then there is nothing wrong with that. If he does not know then it is better to tell him so that you will have peace of mind and you can be sure that there is no problem, because you are regarded as being employed by him so your time belongs to him.

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Ruling on working as a security guard in an hotel

I am working as a security guard in an hotel. Is this work of mine halaal or haraam?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is permissible to work as a security guard in an hotel, so long as the hotel is not a place where immoral actions are committed openly and the sacred limits of Allaah transgressed, such as zina (adultery), drinking alcohol, and so on, because in that case working there would be a kind of cooperating in sin and transgression, and failing to denounce evil.

The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked about someone who works in furnished apartments and rooms, and sees things that anger Allaah, because acts of homosexuality and adultery are committed there, and people drink alcohol and gamble. And they were asked about the ruling on one’s salary in that case.  Continue reading