The believing youths

Q: I am a first-year student in the Faculty of Commerce. I would like to join the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria. Is this permissible in Islam? I have heard that the graduates in this Academy work as Marine engineering officers, who, according to the nature of their jobs, are urged to drink Khamr (intoxicants). I have also been told that I must choose between Islam or the Academy, since joining it certainly means totally abandoning the teachings of Islam due to complete indulgence in prohibitions. Accordingly, is it permissible for me to join it or not?

A: If joining the Academy necessitates drinking Khamr or committing other prohibitions; it is impermissible for you to join it for Allah's Right should prevail and you should abide by the rulings of Islam and avoid acts of Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) that incur the Anger of Allah. Further, there are many other branches of science and faculties that offer beneficial and permissible academic education. Moreover, there are wide-ranging means of Halal (lawful) earnings from trade (Part No. 12; Page No. 359) and other jobs. Allah (Glorified 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. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.