Working for a company which takes a loan from a bank which deals with ribaa

Reference: Silsilah Kitaab ad-Da’wah (1), al-Fataawa – Volume 1, Page 148

Question: I am an accountant in a trading company, and this company is forced to take out loans from a bank which deals in ribaa. Then a copy of the loan agreement comes to me to confirm the company’s debt and register it in the books. Am I considered one who records a ribaa-based transaction, and is it not permisisble for me to work for this company, meaning, am I considered a sinner as a result of this contract even though I did not approve it?

Response: It is not permisisble to work with this company in ribaa-based transactions, because the Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) cursed those who ate/benefitted (aakil) from ribaa as well as the one responsible [for the transactions], the one who writes [the transactions] and the witnesses [to the transactions], and he said:

«…they are the same/equal…», transmitted by Imaam Muslim.

And also Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{…do not help one another in sin and transgression…}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 2].

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.