Many Muslim students in this country
have to work to cover their tuition and living expenses, because for many of them, what
they get from their families is not enough. This makes it essential for them to work as
they cannot make ends meet otherwise. Often the only work they can find is in these
restaurants that sell wine or offer meals containing pork or other haraam things. What is
the ruling on working in these places? What is the ruling on a Muslim selling wine and
pork, or producing wine and selling it to non-Muslims, given that some Muslims in these
countries have taken this as their profession?
Praise be to Allaah.
If a Muslim cannot find work that is permissible
according to sharee’ah, he may work in restaurants run by kaafirs, so long as he
himself does not directly deal with pouring wine or carrying it or making it or selling
it. The same applies to serving pork and other haraam things.