Earning a decent livelihood is a fundamental part of faith. It is reported by Jabir that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “The flesh and body that is raised on unlawful sustenance shall not enter Paradise. Hell is more deserving to the flesh that grows on one’s body out of unlawful sustenance”. (Ahmad). This proves that whatever a man earns, no matter how little it must be halal. In other words, man must engage in the things that do not contradict the Islamic teaches. Below are some haram jobs every Muslim must avoid:
1. Gambling and Alcohol
This includes selling Alcohol, serving Alcohol, working in an alcohol factory, engaging in lottery or gambling, working at a place where people gamble, being an engineer who constructs or designs a place where people gamble or sell alcohol
“O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.” [Quran 5:90] “They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].” Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought.” [Quran 2:219]
2. Selling pork, cooking pork, serving pork or working in a place is involved in processing of pork extracts.
“Forbidden for you are dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah”. Al-Quran 5;3
3. Bribery and corruption
The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention) cursed both the briber and the bribed person.” [At-Tirmithi]
”And do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly or send it [in bribery] to the rulers in order that [they might aid] you [to] consume a portion of the wealth of the people in sin, while you know [it is unlawful]” (Q2, verse 188)
4. Working in a bank or Financial sector that engages in Riba (interest)
“Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity” (Quran 2: 276)
“And because of their charging riba while they were prohibited from it.” [An-Nisaa 4:161]
5. Music, Dancing, Movies that portray haram (showing the nakedness of men and women, promoting smoking,
promoting fornication, promoting anything against Islam and the like). This involves being a producer, a director, actor, performer or contributing in any form to these haram acts must be avoided.
“So abstain from the pollution of the idols and abstain from false vain words.” (Q22:30).
“And of the people there is he who buys a ‘vain talk’ so that he may lead others astray from the path of Allah without (real) knowledge and takes it (the revelation of Allah) for a mockery for these shall be a disgracing chastisement (punishment).” (Q31:6).
“Indeed successful are the believers those who in their prayer are humble and those who keep themselves aloof from Vain (words and deeds) (Q23:1-3).
*vain talk meaning music and useless things*
6. Women wear- Muslims must avoid designing, selling or publicly displaying women’s wear that shows their awrah, or clothes that promote indecency.
“Say to the believing men that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste). This is better for them.” “Say to the believing women that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste) and not display their beauty except what is apparent, and they should place their khumur over their bosoms…” (Q24:30)
7. Selling statute, idols, and pictures or making them. Also avoid printing press where they Print pictures of Women,
Idols of Gods and other harmful material. Selling magazine, books, posters of Actors and Actresses and other with haram content in it.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “No man or woman should look at the naked body of each other (unless married) “. Sahih Muslim
“Surely God enjoins justice, kindness and the doing of good, to kith and kin; and He forbids all that is shameful, indecent, evil, rebellious and oppressive.” (Quran 16:90)
This is not the entire list of jobs a true believer must avoid, but hopefully it gives an idea. No one can earn more than what Allah has ordained for him. Why then would we sacrifice our faith and Jannah, for the worldly things?
“Believers are merely those whose hearts feel wary whenever God is mentioned and whose faith increases when His verses are recited to them. On their Lord do they rely. Those who keep up prayer and spend some of what We have provided them with are truly believers” (Quran 8:2-4).