I am a software engineer in a Bank. I have a doubt for a long time is it acceptable for a muslim brother / sister to work in Banks due to the involvement of Interest related activity in the Bank's business
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Assalamalaikum my Dear Burhan brother.,
It's really a great inspiration to read your answers. May Allah reward you for your efforts., I have a question for you.
I am a software engineer in a Bank. I have a doubt for a long time is it acceptable for a muslim brother / sister to work in Banks due to the involvement of Interest related activity in the Bank's business. I am not involved in the bank business and my career is entirely on computer software engineering.
By the grace of Allah, I spend most of my earnings in Islamic causes. Is my income considered Halal and will I be eligible for reward for my spending ? Due to some reasons , I am bonded in my current job which means I can't leave this job for few years. What is your practical suggestion for me ?
Thank you very much for clarifying my doubt.
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Software for Banks
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The thing that is specifically declared Haraam by Allah and His Messenger (saws) is the taking of usury, and interest is definitely a part of usury.
Allah says further in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 278:O Believers!, fear Allah and give up that riba which is still due to you, if you are true believers. But if you do not do so, then you are warned of the declaration of war against you by Allah and His Messenger!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisa verse 161:That they took riba, although they were forbidden. And that they devoured mens substance wrongfully. We have prepared for those among them who reject faith a grievous punishment (of Hell Fire)!
Computer Software Engineering in itself is a halaal talent and knowledge; but when one develops software for business whose core business is fundamentally declared haraam in Islam, they will be deemed as assisting and facilitating a prohibited act of Allah Subhanah, and thus will be considered a partner in the blame and share a portion of the sin.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2829 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib
Ali heard Allah's Messenger (saws) invoke the curse of Allah on those who took usury, those who paid it, those who recorded it, and those who refused to give sadaqah.
When Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared something forbidden, then to derive any income from such an establishment would also be forbidden. Thus, if one is seeking employment, he should fear Allah, abstain from seeking work in a conventional bank. But if one is already working in a conventional bank, it would be prudent for him to seek repentance of Allah, and search immediately for another place to employ his talents; and when he finds an appropriate job, resign from the present bank job. And if one does this move purely for the sake of Allah Subhanah, it is expected that the Bounteous Lord will enrich him from His Infinite resources and give him a huge reward for his efforts to obey the commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws).
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,