The Lajnah ad-Da’imah stated:
“Working in stores and places where cigarettes, dissolute magazines, and alcohol are sold is prohibited. These products are evil and so is their earning. Whenever a certain material is forbidden, its price, sale, and purchase is also forbidden. Accordingly, the income of working in such stores or places where forbidden things are sold is Haram. Such occupations promote evil, damage people’s religion and life, and support wrongdoing and transgression. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwâ (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Severe in punishment.
In his Musnad, Imam Ahmad related on the authority of Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) from the Prophet (peace be upon him) who said, Khamr (intoxicant) has been cursed in ten aspects: the very Khamr itself has been cursed, the one who drinks it, the one who pours it, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who squeezes it (the grapes etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried and the one who consumes its price. Imam Al-Tirmidhy and Ibn Majah narrated a similar version.
Whoever works in the said stores is obliged to get rid of the income he receives for his work. He may spend the money in charitable activities such as giving them to the poor and needy. Moreover, he has to repent to Allah, quit this work, and search for another place where he can earn Halal money. Whoever abandons something for the sake of Allah, Allah compensates him with something better than it. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
And whosoever fears Allâh 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.
He (Exalted be He) also says:
[…]and whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!”
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
[Excerpted from Alifta.net]
AbdulFattaah bin Uthman