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Q: I have a shop in which I rent tents for holding memorial gatherings or wedding parties. Six people work for me in the shop, all of whom support large families from this work. I pay the social security payments for these workers. Please let me know the Islamic opinion on this work, bearing in mind that if I refuse to rent people these tents, they will get them from another shop.

A: As the memorial gatherings that are held by bereaved relatives are not permissible, you are not permitted to rent these tents to people to hold these ceremonies in them, because that is cooperating in sin and transgression. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) forbids helping others commit sin, saying: Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwâ (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. It is also prohibited due to the Bid‘ahs (innovations in religion) that are committed during these memorial gatherings. (Part No. 15; Page No. 15) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.