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Delivering Non-Halal Food: Allowed?

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Reply Date

Jul 28, 2018

Question

Is it permissible for me to work as a delivery rider with an organization that deals with halal and non-halal food? I have to deliver both halal and non-halal food and no direct contact with the food is required.

Mufti

Answer


Delivering Non-Halal Food: Allowed?

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:

You can continue the job unless you find another job wholly free of all taints of haram.


In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

If you have a choice of getting another job where you don’t have to deliver such items, you should go for it. Otherwise, you may take the job for Shari`ah allows for concessions or relaxation of rules in regard to matters that are unavoidable.

There is a juristic principle known as umum al-balwa which is invoked by jurists to consider it as permissible.

Furthermore, Allah reminds us in the Qur’an that Allah does not place on us burdens we have no strength to bear.

In light of these, I would advise you to continue the job – unless you find another job wholly free of all taints of haram.

However, if you continue, you should do well to purify the income from the taint of haram associated with it through istighfaar and extra charities.

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 Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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