Fatwa: # 36112
Category: Business Matters
Country: Bangladesh
Date: 23rd January 2019

Title

Travel Booking Software

Question

Assalamu alaikum,

Is developing travel booking software haram? For example, I work in a software company as a software developer. Our company develops various kinds of software. We have one software that is used by the following travel companies for booking flights, hotels, resorts, cars, etc for travellers and tourists:

https://www.prestigeholidays.co.uk/

http://www.tucantravel.com/

http://www.tucantravel.com/

Is my job haram? If it is haram then can I work on other halal software of this company?

Answer

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

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

We commend you on your sensitivity to earn a halaal income.

Nabi (ﷺ) said:

طَلَبُ كَسْبِ الْحَلَالِ فَرِيضَةٌ بَعْدَ الْفَرِيضَةِ

Translation: Earning of Halal income is an obligation beyond other obligations.

(Shuabul Imaan/Sunan Al-kubra, Baihaqi)

In principle, if the software has dual or multiple purposes, some of which can be used for permissible purposes and others for impermissible purposes, and your objective is to design it for a permissible objective, as for travel booking, then it is permissible to develop such a software.

The income from developing such a software will be halaal.

Thereafter, if an individual or company uses the software for any impermissible activity, the responsibility of the same will be solely upon the user. [i]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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[i] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 391) 

(قوله وجاز تعمير كنيسة) قال في الخانية: ولو آجر نفسه ليعمل في الكنيسة ويعمرها لا بأس به لأنه لا معصية في عين العمل

 

المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني (5/ 362)

ولو آجر نفسه ليعمل في الكنيسة ويعمرها فلا بأس به؛ إذ ليس في نفس العمل معصية

 

کتاب النوازل جلد12  صفحة 290

ویب سایٹ پر اشتہار کلک کرنے کی اجرت لینا:

ویب سائٹ سے استفادہ کے لئے ایک ہزار روپیہ جمع کرنا ایک مستقل معاملہ ہے جو فی نفسہٖ درست ہے، اس کے بعد کمپنی سے اس ویب سائٹ پر متعین اشتہارات کا کلک کرنے پر ہر ہفتہ جو اجرت ملتی ہے، اگر شرط کے مطابق یہ معاملہ ناجائز باتوں سے متعلق ہو (جیسا کہ آج کل عام معمول ہے کہ اشتہارات میں عریاں تصاویر لگائی جاتی ہیں) تو گناہ پر تعاون کی وجہ سے یہ عمل جائز نہ ہوگا، ایسے معاملات سے مسلمانوں کو بچنا لازم ہے۔ اور اگر ایسے اشتہارات ہیں جن میں کوئی ناجائز بات شامل نہیں، تو حسبِ شرط اُن پر کلک کرنے پر متعینہ اُجرت لینا درست ہے۔

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