Assalam-o-Alaikum. First of all Praise be Allah who gave you the Saadat of doing this Honorable thing, and secondly May Allah give you ajar for doing helping others understanding Allah`s Deen better. I was reading your Q&A on interest and I came across this .. Hadrat Ali ibn Abu Talib (a.s.) heard Allah`s Messenger (saws) curse those who took usury, those who paid it, those who recorded it, and those who refused to give sadaqah. I am concenred with the part saying "who recorded it", because I am an accountant by profession and my company unfortunately uses pays regular amounts of tax on the money it uses with bank. My bookkeeping duties include keeping track of it and recording it for accounting purposes. Does this mean I`m doing wrong?. I thought acocuntancy was a Halal profession. May Allah give you ajar for your efforts. Allah hafiz Faisal

Accountant Halaal Position

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His  forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


The profession of accounting is indeed considered a halaal or legal profession in Islam.   In your particular case,  if the company’s (the one where you are employed) main source of business is the taking and giving of interest,  like a bank,  mortgage house, etc.,   then it would be forbidden to work in this company.


But if your company’s main source of business is not the giving and taking of interest,  but is a regular ‘halaal’ business, and the accountant records the normal transactions of payment of interest, etc. of this company,   then this ruling of ‘those who record it’ will not apply to the book-keepers or accountants of this company.


The scholars in Islam are of the opinion that ‘those who record it’ applies to those people whose main and principle duty is only to record the interest-based transactions of  money lending firms,  whose main or only source of business is ‘riba’,  like banks,  mortgage houses, etc.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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