MISCELLANEOUS \ Banking and Ribaa (interest/usury) \
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Working for a bank which deals with ribaa
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: The son of my maternal uncle works for the Bank al-Jazeerah as a clerk (the one who writes the transactions), and some of the scholars have passed a fatwa for him that he should not remain working there, (rather) that he should look for another job in other than a bank. (Please) advise us regarding this, and may Allaah reward you with good, is it permissible (for him to remain working there) or not?

Response: Whoever passed the fatwa as mentioned (above) for him did well, because working in banks which deal with ribaa is not permissible, since it is assisting in sin and transgression, and Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says:

{Help you one another in al-Birr and at-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression, and fear Allaah - verily, Allaah is severe in punishment}, [Soorah al-Maa.idah, Aayah 2].

And it is authenticated from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he cursed those who ate/benefitted (aakil) from ribaa as well as the one responsible (for the transactions), the one who writes (the transactions) and the witnesses (to the transactions), and he said:

((...they are the same/equal...)), transmitted by Imaam Muslim.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Silsilah Kitaab ad-Da'wah (1), al-Fataawa - Volume 1, Page 143