Selling Wine
Question :

I gave a loan to an unemployed person, and then he found work in selling wine. After he earned money through this work he repaid his debt to me. Is this money lawful for me?

Answer :

If he was selling the wine to Muslims only then his money is unlawful, if he was selling it to non-Muslims, and paid off his debt from this money then it is permissible to use the given money. The same applies if he was selling the wine to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Managing A Supermarket
Question :

I am currently working as a manager in a supermarket that sells alcohol. If there is lack of staff, I might have to work as a cashier and people might be purchasing alcohol. Am I allowed to work in this store?

Answer :

It is prohibited to sell wine, even indirectly or by acting on behalf of the company.

Selling Alcohol
Question :

I have been offered a job at a supermarket that sells alcohol. I requested if I can avoid working on the cashier, but the manager replied it is very unlikely due to the necessity of me having to work there at times. Will it be lawful for me to take this job?

Answer :

It is not permissible to be part of a transaction of selling wine or pork or any meat not slaughtered according to the Sharia. It is permissible to sell other items.

Lottrey
Question :

It has been mentioned on your website that it is allowed to play state-sponsored lottery, but the prize should be collected on behalf of the religious authority (the Marja). How do we collect the prize on behalf of the Marja?

Answer :

If a believer receives money that is taken from a government organization, and it is known that the money had once belonged to a Muslim, it is still regarded as being owned by him. One can take this money by intending to take it on behalf of the Marja, and then he can assume ownership of it. It is better to help the needy believers with some part of it.

Lottery Tickets
Question :

I own a store where lottery tickets are sold, and I receive a certain profit on each ticket sold. Is this permissible for me?

Answer :

The transaction of the commonly-known lottery tickets is based on purchasing a paper ticket confirming certain numbers he has chosen, and as a result he is entered into a lottery draw. If the chosen numbers match the numbers randomly drawn, they win the prize. Such a transaction is permissible, and selling the tickets of such a lottery is permissible.

State-sponsored Lottery
Question :

Is it allowed to play state-sponsored lottery in which you buy a ticket of two Euros, and if you are lucky you can win millions. Is that money lawful or not?

Answer :

It is permissible to purchase state-sponsored lottery tickets, but the prize should be collected on behalf of the Marja.

Dolls
Question :

What is the law on dolls for girls?

Answer :

It is permissible to acquire them, but it is prohibited to manufacture them.

Snowman
Question :

Is the making of a snowman allowed?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible.

National Lottery
Question :

There is a national lottery held in our country, run by a company. Tickets are sold for a very low price, and the winners receive prizes. The company also gives some of their income in the sale of the tickets to certain charitable projects. Is a Muslim permitted to purchase such a ticket with the intention of winning the prize, and if he intends to give a part of the prize to an Islamic charity project?

Answer :

Apparently the said transaction is permissible, and it is not considered to be prohibited gambling. The deal here is merely selling a ticket for a low price with the condition that if the chosen numbers match the company's randomly selected numbers the participant wins the prize. One becomes deserving of the prize due to fulfilling a condition included in the sale deal, so it is permissible to claim the prize. It is not obligatory to spend the money in the way intended, although it is better to do so.

statues
Question :

Is it allowed to build statues to individuals according to the Sharia?

Answer :

It is not permissible.

Renting for Prohibited Reasons
Question :

Is it allowed to rent out space for trading, if the tenant sells alcohol among other products?

Answer :

Renting the property is permissible. The prohibition in respect to the alcohol is on the seller.

Selling Squid and Fish no scale
Question :

It permissible sell squid and fish which have no scales to those who consider it permissible for consumption (e.g. Sunnis and non-Muslims?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible.

Hunting Dogs
Question :

Is it allowed to buy a hunting dog, but just to keep at home and not for the purposes of hunting?

Answer :

If the dog was trained for hunting then it is permissible to buy it even if it is for other purposes.

Fictional Creatures
Question :

Is it permissible to create images of imaginary and fictional creatures, which do not exist in reality? What about creatures which do exist but we have never seen, such as angels?

Answer :

If they are in the form of humans and animals, then it is prohibited to make them.

Art Classes
Question :

In non-Muslim countries, schools require children to attend art class in which it is necessary to draw living things. What is the duty of parents in such cases?

Answer :

It is not permissible to draw the picture of humans and animals. The parents should advise their children to refrain from committing sins. They should suggest for their children to draw pictures of trees, livers and other natural views.

Dogs used for Security
Question :

Nowadays, dogs are used in rescue services, to assist in searches and for security purposes. Can one purchase a dog for these purposes?

Answer :

It is permissible to buy and sell hunting dogs. It is not permissible to purchase other kinds of dogs. However, one can pay money in exchange of the owner letting go of his right over the dog.

Mediator in Selling Dogs
Question :

Is permissible to be a mediator in selling dogs?

Answer :

It is permissible to be a mediator in the sale of hunting dogs. It is not permissible to be a mediator in trading other kinds of dogs.

Insurance of a House
Question :

Is insurance on a house or any property allowed?

Answer :

It is permissible if it is based on an agreement that the insurance policy holder pays a particular amount of money in exchange for the insurer to pay for loss and damage as stipulated in the contract.

Photgraphy
Question :

I am a professional photographer. Can I take photographs of women and men in wedding ceremonies where women wear traditional clothes (not proper Hijab) and there is mix gathering, but there is no chance of me falling into a sin and there is no alcohol served there? Would the income from this be lawful? Is photography of women by itself prohibited? Can I employ a woman who does the photography so that I do not have to go the mix gathering?

Answer :

Taking photographs is a permissible profession. You can also take photographs in mixed gathering such as weddings where women are not observing Hijab, but it is prohibited to look at non-Mahram women with lust. Having said that, women must wear the Hijab in the presence of non-Mahram men even in wedding ceremonies. Observing Hijab is obligatory on the woman in any place in the presence of non-Mahram men, even at her own house.
It is better to hire a woman to do the photography in such cases.

Palmist
Question :

Is it true that if a person goes to a palmist (for hand reading) such person’s supplication is not answered for 40 days? If yes, what is the kaffarah for it? What is the ruling for going there in the first place?

Answer :

It is not permissible to visit such people or believe in their information. Believing them is one of the great sins. It does not have a kaffarah. One should seek the forgiveness of Almighty Allah when he commits such a sin.