16th November 2006
I request you to please provide a fatwa for the following situation as soon as possible:
I have a relative (first cousin of mine) who until recently ran a business selling many haram things. He now has sold off this business, not out of any religious reasons as far as I know, but rather to retire himself.
This person has two sons who have regular (and I believe halal) jobs, and they are the only ones who are bringing in an income to the joint household currently, to the best of my knowledge.
Given this, will it now be permissible for me to accept an invitation at their house and partake of their food, despite the presence of the proceeds from the sale of the haraam business of the father in their collective pool of wealth?
Reply received: 17/11/2006
The haram business that my cousin had was one that sold greeting cards. Many--perhaps most--of these cards were for un-Islamic celebrations, and many had images of living things on them. In this store he also sold lottery tickets. He owned and operated this business for about a decade before selling it.