Category: Business Matters
Fatwa#: 38802
Asked Country: Saudi Arabia

Answered Date: Aug 06,2017

Title: Is it permissible to work for a company which manufactures equipment for western naval forces


very URGENT Please -------- reminder ---- resubmitting question as it is not answered in 3 weeks Assalamoalaikum, I have a job offer from an American Corporation (group of companies) which mainly deals with oil, gas and petroleum industry around the world (about 95% of its business is with this sector). This company has many subdivisions. My work will be in a sub division of the company that only deals with selling oil gas and petroleum equipment and customers in the middle east only. But I also came to know that one of the subdivisions of this company in USA/UK makes equipment for naval forces of western military. This business would be not more than 3-5 % of their total earnings. I will not be working in this division at all! Is it okay to accept the offer with the oil gas and petroleum division and work for this company. Should I be bothered about where the company spends its money earned from the division that I shall work with? If it is possible --- please reply in private Please reply urgently as I have to reply to this offer.


We apologize for the belated response.


There are two angles to your query.

  1. Your job profile
  2. The subdivision of the company manufacturing naval equipment


You did not clarify your job profile. If your job profile is shariah compliant, then the subdivision of the company manufacturing naval equipment does not have any bearing on your income. Furthermore, you are not directly responsible for the manufacturing of naval equipment.[1]  


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tahmid Chowdhury

Student Darul Iftaa

New York, USA

Checked and Approved by, 

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




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