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Working in a restaurant that serves non-halal meat

Question:

I work in a restaurant in the USA. We make sandwiches with turkey, beef, chicken and pork, ham as well. I have to touch ham while cutting all these meats with cutting machine and making sandwiches. But after doing all these I wash my hands thoroughly and take a shower at home. I never eat there. My concern is can I keep on working there or should I leave? And you know finding a job is not easy, is it permissible to work there if I avoid consuming anything there? 

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) said that whatever is prohibited, it’s price is also prohibited. Therefore you should look for another job as this one clearly falls in the prohibited category. If you are the means of sustenance and support a family, you can keep this job while you look for another one and try to avoid coming into contact with the clearly prohibited items that are pork products as much as possible. However, you should be extra diligent in finding another job.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
Hadith of the Day Imam
Director – Islamic Learning Foundation

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