Monday, 18 December 2006

Working In A Bank

At the outset, it is not permissible to work at a conventional bank as it deals with many un-Islamic matters like interest, insurance, etc.

Allah Ta'ala says in the Qur'an:

"And do not aid in sin." (Surah Al-Maa'idah)

However, under exceptional circumstances like when one is in dire need, for example, to support dependants, wife and children and has no adequate source of income, he will be excused.

However, he MUST search for an adequate Halaal source of income and upon that being available, he should resign from the bank.

Let us understand that the evidences from the Qur'an and Ahadith is just too clear to ignore.

Allah SWT orders in the Qur'an:

"O you who believe! Fear Allah and leave that which remains on interest if you are believers. If you don't (abstain from Interest) then announce war with Allah and His Prophet." (Surah Al-Baqarah: Ayat 278~279)

And in one hadith narration -

Jaabir RA reports that Rasulullah SAW cursed the person who takes Interest as well as the giver, the writer and the witnesses; and, (Rasulullah SAW further) added saying they (i.e. the giver, the writer, the witness etc.) are all equal. (Mishkaat)

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