Work in films.

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Dear brother burhan

I am an accountant in a company and my company gives finance to film producers also we are in business of distribution of films. I know it is haram but i work here because i can pray namaz in my office and my boss and other coleagues have no objection . And there is space where i can pray. My last job i left b` coz there is no seperate space for namaz. Pls give the answer what should i do . leave my job or continue.


allah hafiz 


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Work in films

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 none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Respected sister in Islam, what determines whether one’s livelihood is lawful or unlawful in Shariah is not dependant on whether or not one is allowed to offer their prayers in their work premises….but rather whether the industry they work in, and the nature of their work in its very essence, is lawful or not!


It is not as if it would become legal and lawful in Islam for a believer to (Allah forbid) work in a bar selling alcohol, or in a prostitution den, or in a gambling casino, etc….just because the employers or colleagues at work do not object to their offering of prayers in their work-premises!


Narrated Abu Dharr al-Ghaffari (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "Wherever you may be at the time of salah, you may pray, for it [the whole earth] is all a masjid."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim


Respected sister in Islam, Allah Subhanah in His Mercy has declared the whole earth as a ‘masjid’….thus a believer is at liberty to offer their prayers wherever one may be at the time of prayer! 


Your Question: Pls give the answer what should i do . leave my job or continue.

Respected sister in Islam, if you are convinced that the industry you are working in is unlawful in its essence in Shariah, regardless of whether you are allowed to worship your Lord in prayer on their premises or not… simply would not behove and befit a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day to earn their livelihood from unlawful means!  It would be best and closest to piety that you leave this unlawful employment and seek to employ your talents in an industry which is not deemed as unlawful in Shariah.


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


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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