So is it permissible to work in this software development company?

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Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011





So is it permissible to work in this software development company?


I’m working in software Development Company which focus on developing software’s for ‘Derivatives & commodities back office solutions ‘&’ Margin Financing for Equities. Those software’s will be sold to banks. And we need to support and amend some transactions includes Interest transaction time to time. You’ve given Fatwa that ‘Derivatives is haram’. So is it permissible to work in this software development company?


Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

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

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


The ruling regarding working in the software development company mentioned in the query will depend on the nature of the company:

· If the sole purpose of the company is to develop software for Banks and other unislamic financial institutes, then it will be haraam (impermissible) to work for such a company.

· If the company develops all kinds of software and also develops software for banks and other unislamic financial institutions, then it will makrooh tahrimi (very undesirable) to work for such a company.

(Jawahir al-Fiqh Vol.2 Pg.459-462 – Maktaba Dar al-Uloom Karachi)

In both cases, it will be advisable to look for another job which is Shari’a compliant. However, you could continue with your present job until you find a suitable job and keep repenting to Allah Ta’ala for being involved in something impermissible.

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah



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