Fatwa ID: 04838
Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Alhamdulillah I am planning for Haj and after getting the capital ready, I am worried about three things
1- I am a software developer and among other projects that I have worked is a system that keeps records of Asset Management Firm. The system only keeps records of Clients and products they have bought. It does not keep records of transactions i.e. it does not seem to record interest. I am expecting a bonus based on the performance of this project. CAN I USE that amount for Haj expenses when I am in Harmain?
2- Some money has been gifted to my wife by her father. Her father is serving as a General Manager in a firm that provides services to both Government and Private Sector. Unfortunately, In Pakistan when you are dealing with the Government sector it is necessary( sometimes demanded) to give gifts/bribe to related government officials even after winning tender and while winning tender as well. Therefore his company gives bribes and gifts too. The question is can I use the money given by my father in law?
3- I have a car that is on Ijarah. In the presence of such binding can I perform haj because it may be considered as a sort of loan?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
- This job is similar to an accountant and the profession of accountancy is permissible in Islam. An accountant is not involved in the transaction of interest itself, but while preparing the accounts of a business came across an interest transaction, and records it as an event that already took place without his involvement. (Taqrir Tirmizi p.39 v.1)
Therefore, it will be permissible to use this money to go for Hajj.
- Taking bribes is something that is unlawful in Islam.
The Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam cursed the one who offers the bribe, the one who receives it, and the one who arranges it. (Musnad Ahmad & Mustadrak Hakim)
Money acquired from bribes should be given back to the original owner or if he or she cannot be traceable then to the poor without the intention of reward. (Raddul Muhtar p.553 v.9) You will not be allowed to use the money for the Hajj expenses.
- A person who is in debt is not liable to go for hajj. However, if he is fulfilling his debt and his creditors do not have any arrears claims against him, and he has every intention of paying off the debt it will be permissible for him to go for Hajj. However, if his creditors have arrears against him it will be necessary to seek their permission before going for Hajj. (Fatawa Hindiyyah p.221 v.1)
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham