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In the Name of God بسم الله

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As-salamu 'alaikum! 

 

I have been unemployed for awhile and pondering returning to the place I worked before I reverted to Islam insha'Allah as a groundsman. For those who don't know, a groundsman is responsible for general labor during tree-removal/pruning operations and handles everything on the ground including cutting and chipping branches and loading logs into dump trucks for sale as firewood. It's work I have years of experience doing and it would help get me back on my feet insha'Allah but I have been hesitant to start back there for two reasons: first, I heard from no source in particular that cutting trees is haraam, and second, some of my fellow crew-members were a bit...intolerant...of other view-points, so to be honest I've been apprehensive about working with them again. Any advice would be wonderful insha'Allah! Would anyone recommend returning? If so, would it be wrong for me to just remain quiet about my being a Muslim, or should I be open and unapologetic? By that I don't mean confrontational, but rather, honest? Thanks to all answerers for your time!

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1. Cutting trees is not haram in general. Destroying living things without reason might be, but it sounds to me like the work of a groundsman is maintenance, therefore not haram.

2. A workplace is not an appropriate place to discuss your personal beliefs. Keep it to yourself and just do your work.

Good luck in your employment search.

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