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.

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.

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.

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.

Selling Pork
Question :

In the case of one who works in a store, some products that are sold contain pork. Is one able to accept the money for pork with the intention of disposing the meat? Is it still considered selling if you are a cashier and not the owner of the business?

Answer :

It is not permissible to be part of such a sale, even as a cashier.

Selling pork
Question :

Is it allowed to sell pork to non- Muslims?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible.

Pork Chips
Question :

With regards to cashiers working at convenience stores which sell goods containing unlawful substances like pork, if a customer were to purchase a bag of chips which contain pork enzymes as well as a second lawful item, to avoid the prohibition of selling something unlawful would it be valid for the cashier to charge a higher amount for the lawful second item and charge nothing for the pork chips in such a manner that the total amount of money requested is the same, but the unlawful item is not actually sold?

Answer :

If the purchaser knows that the price is in total for the lawful product only, and that the unlawful item is not actually being sold, then it is permissible to do so.

Buying Alcohol
Question :

Is it permissible to buy alcoholic drinks for one's friend from his own money?

Answer :

No, it is not permissible.

Selling Prohibited to Consume Chicken
Question :

Is it prohibited to sell non-halal chicken?

Answer :

Yes, it is prohibited.

Pork
Question :

Is it permissible to buy or sell pork?

Answer :

It is not permissible to buy or sell it.

Life Insurance
Question :

Is life insurance allowed in Islam?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Changing the Intention
Question :

If I go to the bookies where betting takes place, am I allowed to change my intention whereby instead of betting I will intend to give the money as an entry fee for the horse races?

Answer :

The mentioned change of intention does not affect the prohibition.