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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Designing Church Websites

Q: We are running computer software company. We have few clients from USA. They give us Christian or church work to develop their web site etc. As a Muslim, am I allow to do this kind of work?

A: Almighty Allah states in the Holy Quran:
“And do not aid each other in sin and transgression” (Al-Maa-ida, verse 2)
“I shall never be a helper to evil-doers” (Al-Qasas)
“And do not incline towards those who do injustice” (Surah Hud)
Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “He who adds to the number of a people, is one of them.”

From the above verses and hadith we learn that a Muslim should not assist in any action, activity, business, or practice that is contrary to the beliefs and teachings of Islam. To do work for Christians that will help them propagate their religion is wrong because today it has become very widespread for Christians to use websites and attack Islam or propagate Christianity to Muslims. Any Muslim who helped in the development of such a site will share in the sin. You should politely refuse to do work for them or give them a reasonable excuse.

Mufti Siraj Desai