Selling pork and alcohol
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Is it Haram to run a fast food restaurant franchise and earn a living knowing that you are handling and selling pork products?
What about working at a sit-down restaurant where they sell pork products and Alcohol?
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Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared the consumption of swine and intoxicants (alcohol, wine, etc.) haraam; thus the selling, or buying, or trading, or even facilitating the usage of any of the haraam products would be considered forbidden in the sight of Shariah.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2776 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
Allah's Messenger (saws) invoked the curse of Allah on ten people in connection with khamr (intoxicants, wine, alcohol, etc.): the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid for it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought.
Thus the scholars in Islam are unanimous in their opinion that if one earns his living through the trading or transacting of any of the haraam products, his earnings would also be considered haraam.
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