How can I understand if a certain company is halal to work for?


I am in my 3rd year studying for my bachelors in business administration with a major in finance.  In about a year’s time, I will be entering into the job market.  However, I want to earn a halal income.  My university recently held a ‘job fair’ where many different firms came to give information, take resumes etc. So I have a lot of information of many firms from different types (some are pharmaceuticals, banks, consultancy firms, multinationals and the list goes on).  Can you please explain how I can understand if a certain company “XYZ” is halal and I can work with them? Because I am sure its just not banks, there are many others that would provide unlawful income.  So please explain what I need to know to draw the line between firms providing lawful and unlawful wealth in Shariah.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Sharī῾ah has placed great emphasis on the nature of the work.  If the employment involves any impermissible (harām) work then it is impermissible to accept such an employment.  If the work itself is free of any impermissible element, it is permissible to do such a job.[1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mawlana Faraz ibn Adam,
Student Darul Iftaa

Leicester, United Kingdom

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] وَلَا تَجُوزُ الْإِجَارَةُ عَلَى شَيْءٍ مِنْ الْغِنَاءِ وَالنَّوْحِ وَالْمَزَامِيرِ وَالطَّبْلِ وَشَيْءٍ مِنْ اللَّهْوِ وَعَلَى هَذَا الْحُدَاءُ وَقِرَاءَةُ الشِّعْرِ وَغَيْرِهِ وَلَا أَجْرَ فِي ذَلِكَ وَهَذَا كُلُّهُ قَوْلُ أَبِي حَنِيفَةَ وَأَبِي يُوسُفَ وَمُحَمَّدٍ رَحِمَهُمْ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى. كَذَا فِي غَايَةِ الْبَيَانِ. (الفتاوى الهندية ج 4 ص 449 رشيدية)

(قَوْلُهُ وَالْبَاطِلُ) كَأَنْ اسْتَأْجَرَ بِمَيْتَةٍ أَوْ دَمٍ أَوْ اسْتَأْجَرَ طِيبًا لِيَشُمَّهُ أَوْ شَاةً لِتَتْبَعَهَا غَنَمُهُ أَوْ فَحْلًا لِيَنْزُوَ أَوْ رَجُلًا لِيَنْحِتَ لَهُ صَنَمًا ط. (رد المحتار ج 6 ص 46 أيج أيم سعيد)


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