Is it permissible to work in a bank as a sales assistant?
Is it permissible to work in a bank? As a Sales assistant? Will my earnings be halaal?
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
Banks are dens of ribaa (interest), and undoubtedly a person who works in such a place will be forced to deal in ribaa, thus making the person an accessory to the crime.
Allaah has stated clearly in the Qur’aan in Surah Baqarah, Aayah 275: “And Allaah has permitted trade, and prohibited ribaa.” [i]
Hadhrat `Abdullaah Ibn Mas`ood Radhiallaahu `Anhu reports that Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Allaah has cursed the one who takes ribaa, the one who gives it, those who witness it, and the one who writes the transaction.” – Musnad Imaam Ahmad Rahimahullaah. [ii]
On the same note Hadhrat Jaabir Radhiallaahu `Anhu said: “Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam cursed the one who takes ribaa, the one who gives it, the one who writes it and those who witness it.” And he (Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam) said: “They are all equal (in sin).” – Saheeh Muslim. [iii]
Taking this Hadeeth into consideration, it is clear that a sales assistant will fall under one of the types mentioned, whether it’s due to him writing up the contracts and transactions, being a witness to it etc as all of that is considered part of his job description.
Therefore it will not be permissible to work as a sales assistant in a bank.
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
[i] وَأَحَلَّ اللَّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا
[ii] لَعَنَ اللهُ آكِلَ الرِّبَا، وَمُوكِلَهُ، وَشَاهِدَيْهِ، وَكَاتِبَهُ
[iii] لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ آكِلَ الرِّبَا، وَمُؤْكِلَهُ، وَكَاتِبَهُ، وَشَاهِدَيْهِ ، وَقَالَ: هُمْ سَوَاءٌ