May a Muslim Work in a Bank or Marry Someone Who Works in a Bank?
  • Question:

    Is it permissible for a Muslim to work in a bank or to marry someone who works in a bank?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    In principle, these are two separate issues. Marriage and work.

    It is permissible to marry any believer of the opposite gender who is not a maḥram (non marriageable relative), provided all conditions regarding the validity of nikāḥ are in place.

    If a person’s spouse has an impermissible or doubtful source of income, one is encouraged to gently and respectfully request them to find permissible sources of revenue.

    As far as working in a bank is concerned, if one’s work in a bank involves dealing, transacting or even promoting interest and or ribā based transactions, or any such islamically impermissible trade, then it would be impermissible, otherwise not.

    “Allāh has permitted trade and has forbidden usury. Allāh will deprive usury of all blessing, and will give increase for deeds of charity.” (Qur’ān 2:275)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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