Employment in a law firm and partnership

Question ID: 21725

I currently work as a lawyer at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates in Nairobi and have been practising since 2014. The firm is not Muslim, in fact, I’m one of only two Muslim lawyers working here. I took the job because it is arguably the biggest firm within the region and a good place to train at initially.

However, I’ve always had my reservations on my future here, solely with regard to my religion. The firm represents many multinational clients, including alcohol and cigarette manufacturing companies as well as some insurance companies. I am still relatively young within the organisation and I am employed as an Associate, Alhamdulillah I have had the opportunity to rise fairly quickly within the firm and would be looking at being offered a Partnership position in the next 3 to 4 years. Now this is where my issue arises. As Partner, I would be sharing directly in the profits of the firm, part of which includes the fees generated from the above clients, among others, who run haraam businesses. At the moment, I refuse to deal with their files and my bosses respect my position, and Alhamdulillah Allah has protected me from working on such files too.

My question is therefore, would it be prohibited for me to stay and ultimately take up partnership? Is it even ok for me to stay now? Th urgency of course is I’m already earning a salary at the firm  and I’m not sure if even that is halaal. I would love to come to a concrete decision as soon as possible so that I can plan for my next step.

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Asked on August 19, 2016 10:52 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Stay and handle all permissible clients.
When partnership is offered then divide the business into 2 sections.
You take the halaal division.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on August 23, 2016 3:57 pm