IT Jobs in Bank

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 20 Rabi-u-Thani 1424, 29 May 2005

Q.) I want to clarify whether doing a job in the Information Technology department at a conventional bank is right or not. Being an IT professional, our duties and responsibilities are only fixing, installing, configuring, and maintaining IT tools like computers, software, ATM machines, and day to day operational engineering activities. As far as financial matters are concerned we have an expense budget to purchase expensive equipments but we do not know the source of these funds; whether they are riba based or profit based. In fact we don't know the source of our salaries either.

My senior in bank has told me that he has verbal permission from Darul Uloom Karachi that an IT department job in a bank is permissible. Please clarify if this is permissible or not according to above stated job responsibilities. [Sohail Hashmi]

A.) There are two issues related to your query; a) Assisting in sin, b) Salary.

If the major source of the bank's income is from haram, for example, interest, etc. then it is not permissible to work there in normal circumstances. If your circumstances are abnormal, kindly present that for us to consider a leeway for you in accepting salary from a haram source.

The second issue is assisting in sin. Obviously, the conventional banks are based on interest and other haram forms of dealings. The IT department plays an integral part of that system. Although you will not be directly involved in the haram transactions, you will be an intergral part of the bank and therefore your income will be makrooh (contaminated).

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best