Friday, March 18, 2011

Should she get rid of the money that she got from doing haraam work?


Should she get rid of the money that she got from doing haraam work?
For about six years I used to work in factories related to foreign companies. Men and women were mixing and of course we talked and joked together and saw haram things happening between men and women, especially during the night shifts. I was receiving my salary monthly. I left this work about two years ago. But I still have some things I bought using those salaries, like a sewing machine I bought to sew women clothes. I did not care if they are modest clothes or not. I used to just sew what ever they ask me for. Now I repented to Allah, the exalted, and stopped doing this.  

My question is: what is the ruling on the salaries I received from that work? And what is the ruling on the things I bought using that money? What shall I do regarding those things, like the sewing machine, some gold and some furniture?  

Please guide me to Allah’s satisfaction. I want my repentance to be totally pure.

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And important note that we want to discuss and share with you its is about reading Quran and Reciting Holy Quran to understand it, Ramadan is the month when the beautiful the Holy Quran has been revealed.  A miracle by the creator of the worlds, Allah (SWT)  Should we not glorify him by reading the gift he has sent down for us and learn Arabic Quran by heart  to feel the power of it and learn is with translation to understand it and let our heart fill will tears of glory and wash away our sins  “Will they not meditate on the Quran, or are there locks on the hearts”, read Holy Quran, Surah Muhammad, Verse 24.

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Praise be to Allaah.


We praise Allaah for having
guided you to repent, for the best thing that a person can do in this world
is to turn sincerely to Allaah. When Allaah wills good for a person, He
opens the door to humility to him, and makes him see his faults, ignorance,
wrongdoing and transgression of His limits, and softens his hearts so that
he may repent, pray for forgiveness and regret his sins and shortcomings.  

Your work in a mixed
environment and manufacturing and producing things that may be used in
haraam ways was one of the haraam things which are forbidden by Islamic
sharee’ah so as to protect religious commitment and to protect Muslim
societies, in adherence to the limits set by Allaah, so as to venerate His
laws and in acknowledgement of His might, may He be glorified and exalted. 

Ibn al-Qayyim said in
al-Waabil al-Sayyib (p. 32): 

As for the signs of being
serious about keeping away from forbidden things, they are: keeping away
from things that could lead to it, and avoiding all means of drawing close
to it, such as the one who flees from places in which there are images that
lead to fitnah (temptation), for fear of being tempted by them, and giving
up things with which there is nothing wrong for fear of things that are
wrong, and avoiding excessive indulgence in permissible things for fear of
falling into that which is makrooh, and avoiding people who commit sin
openly or regard it as good and promote it and take it lightly and do not
care about what they do of sin, for mixing with such people is likely to
incur the wrath and anger of Allaah, so no one mixes with them except the
one whose heart is lacking in respect for Allaah and His sacred limits. End


Sewing immodest women’s
clothes – for those who will wear them for sinful purposes and use them to
cause fitnah (temptation) – is a haraam action, because it is helping with
evil. What the Muslim must do is respect the sacred limits of Allaah and not
accept to be a means of Allaah being disobeyed or agree to be one of the
helpers and troops of the shaytaan. 

Ibn Taymiyah said in
Sharh al-‘Umdah (4/387): 

Any garment that it is
thought most likely will be used for sinful purposes, it is not permissible
to sell it or sew it for the one who will use it for sinful purposes. The
same applies to everything that is basically permissible, if it is known
that it will be used for sinful purposes. End quote. 

He also said, in Majmoo’
al-Fataawa (22/141): 

If he helps a man to
disobey Allaah then he is sinning, because he has helped in sin and
transgression. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) cursed alcohol, the one who squeezes (the grapes, etc), the one for
whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried,
the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who pours it, the one who
drinks it and the one who consumes its price. 

Most of these people, such
as the one who squeezes (the grapes, etc), the one who carries it and the
one who pours it are helping in drinking it. Hence it is forbidden to sell
weapons to one who will use them in unlawful fighting, such as fighting the
Muslims or fighting in fitnah (civil war). End quote. 

Ibn Hazm said in
al-Muhalla (7/522): 

It is not permissible to
sell anything to someone who will certainly use it to disobey Allaah and the
transaction is null and void, 

Such as selling anything
that may be squeezed or pressed to one who will certainly use it to make
alcohol, or selling a slave to one who will certainly mistreat his slaves,
or selling weapons or horses to one who will certainly use them for
aggression against the Muslims, or selling silk to one (a man) who will
certainly wear it, and so on with regard to all things, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):  

“Help you one another in
Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one
another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe
in punishment”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2] 

The transactions that we
have mentioned are obviously helping in sin and transgression, and annulling
them is helping in righteousness and piety. 

If no such thing is certain
then the transaction is valid, because it is not helping in sin, and if the
purchaser disobeys Allaah after that, then the sin is on him. End quote. 

It says in al-Mawsoo’ah
al-Fiqhiyyah (2/73): 

It is not permissible to
practise a profession that leads to haraam or that may help in committing
haraam, such as tattooing, because that is changing the creation of Allaah,
or recording riba, because that is helping to consume people’s wealth
unlawfully, and so on. End quote. 


One of the conditions of
repenting from haraam wealth is getting rid of it, by spending it in the
interests of the Muslims and on various charitable causes. 

Ibn Taymiyah said in
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (22/142): 

The one who accepts payment
for haraam things, such as payment for those who carry alcohol, or payment
for the one who makes a cross, or the fees of a prostitute and so on, should
give it in charity and repent from that haraam action, and giving that
payment in charity will be an expiation for what he has done. It is not
permissible to make use of these payments because they are evil wages. End

It says in al-Furoo’
(2/666), by Ibn Muflih: 

In the case of haraam
wealth, what must be done is repentance and getting rid of it immediately.
End quote. 

What you must do is work
out how much you earned from sewing clothes for immodest women, then give it
to the poor and needy in the hope that it will expiate your previous sins. 

As for the property that
you have acquired from working in that factory – including the sewing
machine – you do not have to get rid of it, because the reason why it is
haraam is not directly connected to the original work, rather it is because
of the mixing that accompanied it, which has nothing to do with the original
work, unless the factory’s work was haraam in the first place, such as
manufacturing alcohol, cigarettes or haraam machines, in which case you
would have to get rid of the wages that you took from it. 

If you are in difficulty
and you cannot get rid of all the money that you acquired from sewing haraam
clothes, then there is no sin on you if you keep what you need. 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn
Taymiyah said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (29/308): 

If this prostitute and this
wine-maker have repented and they are poor, it is permissible to give them
as much of this money as they need. But if he is able to engage in business
or do a handicraft such as weaving or spinning, he should be given enough to
serve as capital (to set himself up in business). End quote. 

And Allaah knows best.

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