Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
Working in a bank may be allowed as long your job doesn’t include signing or even typing an interest-based contact.
Responding to your question, Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf, Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, stated:
I cannot give you a personal advice whether you go back to working in a bank or not. This is a decision you should make on your own.
Jobs have different rates in the Shari`ah; some are unlawful (haram), when the job requires you to do any prohibited activity such as signing or even typing a riba contract in a bank. Some other jobs are permissible (halal) and advisable such as teaching Islamic studies in a school.
Working in a bank provided you do not do any haram activity, is not haram although it has a sense of supporting the riba activity.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.