Fatwa: # 41236
Category: Business Matters
Country: Saudi Arabia
Date: 31st October 2018


Job Involving Taxes


Assalamu Alykum Shaikh 

I am transitioned between jobs and have given an interview at a place where my job roles would include helping them to expand their operations and entering into new geographical territories and would involve dealing with government and development authorities for getting licenses etc.

My question is that as I know that taxes, where income or VAT and customs tax (upon the importation of products into the country) comes under the heading of mukoos or jizyah which is Haram as I know. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Therefore I would like to know whether taking my role and income derived from it and dealing with the agencies to set up the business and registering with the authorities to pay the above mentioned dues would be halal or not as that would be the majority of my role along with other tasks.

I would like to know the answer based on your knowledge and Shariah. 

Jazak Allahu Khairan



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

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

In order for us to advise you, explain what exactly your role would be. According to our understanding, you would be setting up businesses and registering them with the authorities. That is where your role ends. If so, your income is permissible.

You are not responsible for the government charges and the various taxes. That is apart from the fact that not all taxes fall under mukoos.[1]

And Allah Ta‘ālā Knows Best.

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (٢/٣١٠)

(قوله: وما ورد من ذم العشار إلخ) من ذلك ما رواه الطبراني «أن الله تعالى يدنو من خلقه أي برحمته وجوده وفضله فيغفر لمن شاء إلا لبغي بفرجها أو عشار» وما رواه أبو داود وابن خزيمة في صحيحه والحاكم، عن عقبة بن عامر - رضي الله تعالى عنه - أنه سمع رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - يقول «لا يدخل صاحب مكس الجنة» قال يزيد بن هارون يعني: العشار وقال البغوي: يريد بصاحب المكس، الذي يأخذ من التجار إذا مروا عليه مكسا باسم العشر أي الزكاة قال الحافظ المنذري...

الموسوعة الفقهية الكويتية (٨/٢٤٧)

الضَّرَائِبُ الْمُوَظَّفَةُ عَلَى الرَّعِيَّةِ لِمَصْلَحَتِهِمْ، سَوَاءٌ أَكَانَ ذَلِكَ لِلْجِهَادِ أَمْ لِغَيْرِهِ، وَلاَ تُضْرَبُ عَلَيْهِمْ إِلاَّ إِذَا لَمْ يَكُنْ فِي بَيْتِ الْمَال مَا يَكْفِي لِذَلِكَ، وَكَانَ لِضَرُورَةٍ، وَإِلاَّ كَانَتْ مَوْرِدًا غَيْرَ شَرْعِيٍّ (٥) .

(٥) ابن عابدين ٢/٥٧، والأحكام السلطانية لأبي يعلى ص ٢٣٠.

الموسوعة الفقهية الكويتية (٣٨/٣٧٩)

الْمُكُوسُ بِمَعْنَى الْمَال الْمَأْخُوذِ مِنْ صَاحِبِهِ ظُلْمًا

الموافقات (٣/٦٣)

وَفِي مُسْلِمٍ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ، [قَالَ] : بَيْنَمَا نَحْنُ فِي سَفَرٍ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ؛ إِذْ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ عَلَى رَاحِلَةٍ لَهُ -قَالَ- فَجَعَلَ يَصْرِفُ بَصَرَهُ يَمِينًا وَشَمَالًا. فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: "مَنْ كَانَ مَعَهُ فَضْلُ ظَهْرٍ؛ فَلْيَعُدْ بِهِ عَلَى مَنْ لَا ظَهْرَ لَهُ، وَمَنْ كَانَ مَعَهُ فَضْلٌ مِنْ زَادٍ؛ فَلْيَعُدْ بِهِ عَلَى مَنْ لَا زَادَ لَهُ". قَالَ: فَذَكَرَ مِنْ أَصْنَافِ الْمَالِ مَا ذَكَرَ؛ حَتَّى رَأَيْنَا أَنَّهُ لَا حَقَّ لأحد منا في فضل٣.

٣ ... وفي هذا الحديث دليل على أن لولي الأمر أن يجعل التبرع واجبا عند الحاجة

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