Category: Business Matters
Fatwa#: 29943
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Nov 30,-0001

Title: Employment Agency


I have a 2 part question first I will explain where I am coming from.

I have heard in the past that running an employment agency is haram because for example: the agency appoints person A to carry out work for person B, at the end of that week person A had carried out 40 hours of work for which then person B will pay a rate of 10 pounds per hour worked by person A to the employment agency for which in return the agency will then pay person A a rate of 7pounds per hour pocketing the remainder.

My understanding of this is was that the pocketing of the remainder would be classed as interest (RIBA) however I wasn't 100% certain so my question is

A. Is it permissible to run an employment agency?

B. Is it permissible to work through an employment agency?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In order for us to issue a ruling, clarify the relationship between the agency and B. Explain the details of the contract between them and also between A and the agency.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Arshad Ali

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

DISCLAIMER - questions answers issues pertaining to Shar'ah. Thereafter, these questions and answers are placed for public view on for educational purposes. However, many of these answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation or another environment. bears no responsibility with regards to these questions being used out of their intended context.
  • The Shar's ruling herein given is based specifically on the question posed and should be read in conjunction with the question.
  • bears no responsibility to any party who may or may not act on this answer and is being hereby exempted from loss or damage howsoever caused.
  • This answer may not be used as evidence in any Court of Law without prior written consent of
  • Any or all links provided in our emails, answers and articles are restricted to the specific material being cited. Such referencing should not be taken as an endorsement of other contents of that website.