To work at the video shops


Q: I am sending you this letter concerning earning one's living by working in selling audio stereo tapes. This is not a hobby for me, and I do not listen to songs; I only run the tapes for the people who come to buy them. I have been doing this job for fifteen years. Some scholars told me that this job is Haram (prohibited) and impermissible to do. I know that anything that was accumulated from prohibited things deserves to be in Hellfire. Is this true? Am I a sinner, and is this job Haram? Please advise, given that the stereo tapes include music and songs by male and female singers. May Allah reward you.

A: Your job is Haram, and the income you earn is Haram as well. You should (Part No. 14; Page No. 453) quit this job and get rid of the ill-gotten money. Allah says, And whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.


Evolution of Fiqh