Serving Khamr in restaurants

Q: We are some religiously committed youth who live in Holland, all praise be to Allah. However, the jobs that are available to us here entail serving Khamr (intoxicant), pork and other types of meat in restaurants. Is it permissible for us to earn our living by washing the dishes in which pork is prepared and served? Please enlighten us, and may Allah grant you and us success! May Allah reward you!

A: It is not permissible for you to work neither in shops that sell or serve Khamr to customers nor in restaurants that serve or sell pork, even if these restaurants sell or serve other types of meat and food. It is unlawful for you to earn your living by selling, serving, or even washing the dishes where pork is served. This involves cooperation in sin and transgression. Allah forbids all this when He says: ...but do not help one another in sin and transgression. There is nothing forcing you to do these unlawful jobs because there are so many Muslim countries where many lawful jobs are available. So, you should move to any Muslim community in any country where you can find a lawful job. Allah (Exalted be He) says: And whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allâh, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allâh will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allâh has set a measure for all things. (Part No. 22; Page No. 101) He (Glorified be He) also says: ...and whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.