Can I Work as a Taxi Driver and Pick Drunk People?
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Can I Work as a Taxi Driver and Pick Drunk People?

Questioner

Esam

Reply Date

Jan 12, 2019

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. ‏I have a question about working as a taxi driver in the UK. ‏A taxi driver in the UK sometime picks drunk people. Sometime, they have to carry drinks for them in their bags but they don't touch them. Sometime, they carry the bags but don't know that there is alcohol inside? Is it halal to work as taxi driver?

Mufti

Answer


Can I Work as a Taxi Driver and Pick Drunk People

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi 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:

Picking a drunk person is not prohibited.  If you come to know that this person carries wine or the like intoxicants, then you have to refrain from picking him.


Answering your question, Dr. Muhammad Salama, PhD, Islamic Studies in English, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences al-Madinah International University (Mediu), states:

It is basically permissible to work as a taxi driver. But as in any other job or profession, a Muslim has to abide by the teachings of his religion. Picking a drunk person is not prohibited. If this person carries a bag and you do not know what it contains, then you do not have to inquire. But if you come to know that this person carries wine or the like intoxicants, then you have to refrain from picking him.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Dr. Muhammad Salama

Dr. Muhammad Salama, PhD, Islamic Studies in English, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences al-Madinah International University (Mediu)

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