Writing Gambling Software Feature
Posted: 20 Zul-Qa'dah 1422, 3 February 2002
Checked and approved correct: Mufti Ebrahim Desai
|Q.) I am an employee in a software development company. As a project
manager, I have to study whatever projects our company gets and manage them with other
Last week we got a project to enhance features in an American Football
Game. And one feature of it is related to gambling (betting).
I want to know that as an employee what's my responsibility in the light of Shariah.
Should I refuse to manage the project and if my manager doesn't agree, should I leave the
job? [Muhammad Farrukh Mahmood]
A.) As an employee or rather as a Muslim, your responsibility is to
ensure that you refrain from being a cause of other people's sins. We suggest you discuss
your predicament with the project manager.
Do not leave your job immediately even if you have to adhere to such un-Islamic
actions. First look for alternative employment and once you are successful, you may leave
your present job. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Albalagh Note: The cautionary note against leaving a job applies in those situations
where a person does depend upon his current employment and there is a danger that leaving
it abruptly may land him and his family into hardship. As ulema have explained, in such a
situation the person can continue his job, but must also keep on performing istighfar or
seeking forgiveness for his involvement in sin. He must also look for another halal
job with the same intensity as an unemployed person does.