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Obeying a command to do something not permitted in Islam

Question: 83

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

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

If a person is ordered to perform a certain assignment at his work, he should consider itif the act
does not involve any disobedience to Allah (subhaanahu WA ta’aala) he should execute it. Otherwise,
if it does involve some disobedience to Allah (subhaanahu WA ta’aala), he should not obey the
command, or else he will be a partner in sin and wrong-doing. The Prophet (peace be upon him)
said:

“A human must not be obeyed if that (i.e., obeying the human) causes disobedience to Allah
(subhaanahu wa ta’aala). Indeed, obedience is only in righteous deeds”

(Sahih Al-Bukhari with Fath Al-Bari, 13/121; Ahmad, 1/91; and the context is found in Al-Silsilah
As-Sahihah, No. 181)

And Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) said (about the people who went astray) in the Qur’an (an
interpretation of the meaning):

“They will say: Our Lord! We followed in the footsteps of our leaders and elders and they
misguided us from the right path”.

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From the book What Should You Do in the Following Situations... ?

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