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Being asked to do something at work that is against Islamic teachings. What one should do?

Q. What should one do if one is asked to do something at work that he feels is contrary to the teachings of Islam?

 

A. If a person is ordered to do a certain assignment at his work, he should think about it — if the act does not involve any disobedience to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, he should go ahead and do it. Otherwise, if it does involve some disobedience to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, he should not obey the command, or else he will be a party to sin and wrong-doing. The  Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ―A human must not be obeyed if that involves disobedience to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted. Indeed, obedience only applies in the case of righteous deeds.

(Saheeh al-Bukhaari with Fath al-Baari, 13/121; Ahmad, 1/91; this version was narrated in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, No. 181)

 

Allah said in the Qur‘an (about the people who went astray) (interpretation of the meaning): ―They will say: Our Lord! Verily, we obeyed our chiefs and our great ones, and they misled us from the (Right) Way.‘ [al-Ahzaab 33:67]

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