FAQ - 8


Question & Answer

Is it permissible for a Muslim to sell pork to those who believe it is permissible for them like the Ahlul Kitab? Question:
It is not permissible to deal in pork at all. Answer:
Is it permissible to work at a store that sells pork in the sense that the Muslim supervisor asks one of his employees to give pork to the customer? Question:
It is not permissible to sell pork, even to those who consider it lawful, be it directly or through an intermediary. As for handling pork for those who consider it lawful, there is problem in it; however, based on obligatory precaution, one should refrain from it. Answer:
A person knows for sure that one day he will see a haram scene on television or video. Is it then permissible to buy it? Question:
The reason compels him not to buy. Answer:
You have said that a Muslim is allowed to buy lottery tickets, if he intends to contribute to a charitable cause, i.e. with no intention of winning the prize. Now, if a Muslim intends that he is donating some part of the price of the lottery ticket for a charitable cause that the lottery company chooses, and the rest of the price is with the intention of winning the prize—would it be permissible to buy the lottery ticket with such intention? Question:
It is not permissible. Answer:
Is it allowed for a mature and responsible Muslim to encourage a child to buy a lottery ticket and then ask him to present it to himself as a gift? Is it permissible for him to ask an Ahlul Kitab person to buy the ticket [for him] with the intention of winning the prize? Question:
The prohibition is not lifted by any of those [loop holes] because the rule of causing or delegating [the act of buying the lottery ticket] is like doing it directly. Answer:
Is it permissible to buy, say, honey, which has on it a lottery ticket with the intention of winning the probable prize at the time of buying? Question:
It is permissible, if the entire price is for the honey and not for the probable prize. Answer:
A Muslim wins a lottery prize and then decides to donate a portion of the prize to a charitable organization. Is it permissible for that charitable organization to accept the money [or the item] and use it for the welfare of Muslims? And does it make a difference if the intention of the winner from the very beginning had been to use some of the prize for the well-being of Muslims? Question:
If the prize belongs to those whose wealth is not sacrosanct [in Islam], it is permissible to utilize it. Answer:
If a winner of the lottery performs hajj with the prize of the lottery, is his hajj valid? Question:
The ruling is clear from the answer of the last question. Answer:
If an unjust and usurping establishment gives an amount of money to a Muslim [to spend it for hajj], what is the status of his hajj? Question:
If it is not known that that particular money was aquired unlawfully, the recipient should not worry if the giver is unjust and usurper. Answer:
Is it permissible to work in a restaurant where intoxicating drinks are served, if the worker does not himself serve them; nevertheless, sometimes he would be washing the cutlery [in which the drinks were served]? Question:
If washing the cutlery used for the intoxicating drinks is considered as a first step in drinking the liquor and serving it to the customers, it is forbidden. Answer:
A Muslim who is committed to promote his religion is compelled to work in a government department in the West; this may lead to committing certain forbidden acts. He does this with the hope that he will have in future a greater influence in that department. In this way he serves his religion and considers this service more important than committing the forbidden acts. Is this permissible for him? Question:
It is not permissible to commit a forbidden act just for future [positive] expectations. Answer:
Is it permissible for a holder of a law degree to become a lawyer in a non-Muslim country upholding the laws of that country, and taking cases of non-Muslims since his purpose is to attract cases irrespective of their nature? Question:
If it does not involve violation of a right or lying or other forbidden acts, there is no problem in it. Answer:
Is it permissible for a holder of a law degree to become a judge in non-Muslim countries in which he acts according to their laws? Question:
It is not permissible to administer judgement for those who are not qualified, and [it is not permissible to judge] based on non-Islamic laws. Answer:
An electrical engineer in a European country is sometimes called to install or repair public address systems; at times those places are establishments for illicit entertainment. Is it permissible for him to engage in this work in such places with the knowledge that if he declines the customer, it will hurt his business, in that customers will eventually leave him? Question:
It is permissible. Answer:
A person works in a restaurant in which he might be required to serve meat that is not halal or pork to non-Muslims. You have kindly answered the first situation; but the question remains with regard to the second situation that involves serving pork alongside the meat that is not halal. Is this allowed? If he refuses to serve pork, he might lose his job and be fired. Question:
Serving pork even to those who consider it lawful is a problem; and based on obligatory precaution, it must be avoided. Answer:
Is a Muslim allowed to work in grocery stores that sell liquor in one of its sections, and his work is only as a cashier? Question:
He is allowed to receive the price of items other than liquor and also the price of liquor, if the buyers are non-Muslims. Answer:
A printer in the West prints the menus of restaurants. Such menus include pork. Is this allowed? Is he allowed to print the advertisements for pubs and establishments that provide forbidden entertainment knowing well that his business will be affected, if he does not print these kinds of materials? Question:
It is not permissible for him to do that even if it affects his business. Answer:
Is it permissible to participate in the funeral ceremony of a non-Muslim, if he was, for example, a neighbour? Question:
If the deceased and those organizing the funeral are not known to have hatred towards Islam and Muslims, there is no problem in participating in the funeral. However, it is better to walk behind the coffin and not in front of it. Answer:
Is it permissible to exchange greetings and gifts with a non-Muslim, if he is a neighbour or a co-worker, etc.? Question:
If he does not express hatred towards Islam and Muslims in words or actions, there is no problem in doing what is required in friendship like being good and charitable towards him. Almighty Allah has said, “Allah does not forbid you in regard to those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.” [60:8] Answer:
Is it permissible for the people of Ahlul Kitab and other non-Muslims to enter the mosques (masjid) and other Islamic places of worship [like husayniyya or imambargah which are not masjid]? And is it necessarily for us to enforce the hijab on those [non-Muslim women] who do not observe hijab and allow them to enter [the mosque or places of worship], if it is permissible? Question:
Based on obligatory precaution, it is not permissible for them [i.e., non-Muslims] to enter the mosque (masjid). As for their entering the places of worship, etc, there is no problem in it. If their entry [in imambargah or a husayniyya or a center] without hijab is considered as a sign of disrespect, hijab should be enforced on the [non-Muslim] women.

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