Transactions & Dealings >> Interest & Insurance

Question # : 259


(1) My cousin works for a food product manufacturing firm. The owner of the company is a Muslim and owns various other establishments. He also owns a bank from where he derives majority of his income. The food product company sometimes depends on the bank for income when the season is low. Otherwise it has its own bank account in the same bank where its income is deposited and expenses withdrawn, sometimes in the year they operate on an overdraft from this same bank. My cousins salary is derived from this bank account and his office is also situated within the banking premises even though he does not participate in any banking operations his sole objective is to manage the food company. He is asking if his salary is Halal?

(2) I work for a tour firm which also owns a tourist lodge (These are two separate companies).My salary is totally derived from the tour firm but I manage accounts for both companies. The lodge with other operation also sells alcohol to its clients. Recently a bonus was declared by the lodge, If I am to receive any part of it will it be deemed Halal. Lodge operates like a hotel and the tour firm is where a tour itinerary is organized for tourists which includes full board accommodation at other lodges and air charters. Is my salary from this tour firm Halal. Recently the lodge bought two vehicles on hire purchase and there is an interest factor. At the end of the day I will be the one who will record this interest when keeping the books even though I do not receive any return from the lodge but the action itself is worried my conscience to add to it I also write cheques for the alcohol purchases and also record it. Please advice on what I should do regarding my current situation.

Answer : 259

Published on: May 6, 2007

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 412/B)


(1) His salary is Halal but not a pure earning.


(2) Alcohol is the extract of wine; therefore it has the same ruling as wine. The income earned through it is Haram. You should not receive any part of the bonus. Recording the interest account or writing the cheque of alcohol purchase, keeping its record and receiving salary against these activities is Haram and impressible:

لعن رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم آکل الربوا و مؤکلہ و کاتبہ و شاھدیہ، و قال: ھم سواء (رواہ مسلم في صحیحہ 2/27)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

Related Question