Question ID: #4170
Question: Working in a betting shop
Salam walaikum

I hope you are doing well my brother.

My question is regarding working in a betting shop and i seek advice and guidance from you in regards to the issue I am going to present here.

I have been deviated for a long time but alhamdulillah started practicing the deen from 2009 onwards. Now, I have been working in this betting shop from long before that. I have been well aware of the prohibition of gambling and being involved in it indirectly by working at a place where gambling is taking place, I understand it is not something permitted even though I am not betting myself.

I do not wish to work here anymore however having graduated in Computing I have been finding it impossible to find a job in IT or any other job over the past 2 years. I am 26 and have a wife to look after and possibly a budding family soon. I had come to study in the UK from Bangladesh. I do not have my own family here but my in laws live here in the UK who are not aware as to where I work.

I want to leave this job but with no other source of income I wouldn't be able to pay the rent and all other bills.

I appreciate your time and effort and seek an advice to resolving this issue.

Jazak Allah
Answered by: Ulamaa ID 04 (London)
Date: 04/08/2012 17:41pm


Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

You are not permitted to work in this shop due to the nature of this work since it is cooperation in dealing with gambling (Haram). Allah Ta'ala Says : "but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment." [5:2].

Earning a Living is a must. A Muslim is not only obliged to earn money but is obliged to earn Halal money.

Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Try to earn a lawful livelihood is (also) an obligation like the other obligations (in Islam). (Baihaqi)

As you are already working there and leaving it immediately will cause problems, then you should not leave until you find an alternative Halal job. You should also constantly repent to Allah Ta'ala and Make Du'a.

Allah Ta'ala Says : And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. [65:2-3].

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.

Mufti Qamruzzaman

London, UK