Working nights as a security guard for a bank

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa – Fatwa No.2828, Volume 15, Pages 43-44

Question: He has been working for one of the banks for a period of ten years, and he [recently] learnt that working for banks is not permissible. He works nights as a [security] guard, and has no connection with the [trading] activities [of the bank], so can he continue working [there] or [should he] leave?

Response: It is not permissible for a Muslim to be a [security] guard for those banks which deal with ribaa, because this is tantamount to aiding them (banks) upon sin and transgression; and Allaah has prohibited this in His statement:

{…but do not help one another in sin and transgression}, soorah al-Maa.idah, aayah 2

And most of the activities of the banks deal with ribaa, and [so] it is befitting you seek out a permissible (halaal) way in your search for sustenance – other than this way (job).

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet ﷺ and his family and his companions.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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