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Country : Pakistan,
Name : Syed Uzair Javed
Question:     Assalamalaikum wa Rahmatullah, Mufti Sahab, Please tell me what are the Halal sources of earning one's living.


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Answer:     Walaikum Assalamalaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakutuhu,

In the Shariah, those sources of living are Forbidden (Haraam), in which wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few or someone is oppressed or those which involve cheating, deception, etc. or which imply helping or aiding sinful things.  It is in light of these principles that usury has been declared Forbidden and seizing of advance money is also prohibited.  Apart from this other sources of earning one's living are permitted and allowed, like business, a job, giving something on hire, partnership, any kind of crafts or partnership, i.e. one person's money and another person's effort.  In the same way, buying and selling of permissible things is permitted and they can be given on hire also.  Buying and selling and giving Forbidden things on hire is Forbidden and buying and selling or giving on hire of Undesirable (Makruh) things is Undesirable.  

If a permissible source is mixed with something which is Forbidden, then using such a source is impermissible.  For e.g. investing money in stock exchange and share business is permitted, but if the company deals in something which is forbidden, then investment in such a company is also impermissible.  Designing websites is in itself permissible.  However, designing websites of pornographic material is impermissible.  Many such examples like this can be given.  

This is a small description of the basic principles of earning money through permissible sources.  The details of this constitute the whole body of Islamic rules and regulations about economics and business.  If any particular case or situation is asked, we will reply to it.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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