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What constitutes a "halal job?"

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As we know one of the challenges with living the west is that a lot of jobs are associated with things that aren't permissible; for example its clear we cannot work in an alcohol related company, or a casino. But the rules become a bit blurry when the business itself isn't necessarily haram but the way those businesses conduct themselves is unethical. For example, working at an oil company or a weapons manufacturer wouldn't technically be haram, but given the interests of these corporations is why a lot of wars are fought overseas, would it still be halal to work for them? Additionally, if you work at a bank in a department that is not associated with the interest dealings, would it still be haram, because you're supporting the institution that engages in a haram (riba-based) transaction? Working at a hospital could involve unethical practices, if you want to charge patient's insurances' more than you have to. Even working for technology companies like Apple has elements which are not ethical, a lot of the parts which go into your computer and phones involve overexploitation of cheap labor in Africa. I'm sure you could find elements that are unethical with a lot of businesses and corporations. On the other hand, we each have a responsibility (the brothers, specifically) to provide for our families and to earn our own livelihood. Would any of the jobs which are ordinary labelled halal but involve corruption and unethical practices, examples of which I've provided, technically be haram? 

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5 minutes ago, realizm said:

:salam:

Any business is related to haram - directly or undirectly.

Alcohol, riba, wars....

So doing any business would be haram? I am looking into becoming a professor maybe, but universities, though they are perfectly halal for the most part, push liberalism down people's throats and also could be seen as a money-making scheme for private institutions instead of actually spreading knowledge.

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"Additionally, if you work at a bank in a department that is not associated with the interest dealings, would it still be haram, because you're supporting the institution that engages in a haram (riba-based) transaction?" 

I specifially want an answer to that question. 

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We don't live in heaven on Earth. All jobs, careers, institutions, and industries will have objectionable and immoral elements to it. That's to be expected. 

But not providing for ones family and survival is also of importance. Try to adjust and control your job circumstances however possible, and base your decisions on concrete fiqhi principles, not on extrapolated paranoia and fear.

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1 hour ago, Pearl178 said:

"Additionally, if you work at a bank in a department that is not associated with the interest dealings, would it still be haram, because you're supporting the institution that engages in a haram (riba-based) transaction?" 

I specifially want an answer to that question. 

No, it's not haram to work in a bank in such a department.

It's not haram to sell using credit cards, to sell grapes which could (emphasis on the could) be used for wine, to work as a cleaner at the ministry of defence of an oppressive country...

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