A company is likely interested in hiring me and I am actually going through several interviews. It is a software vendor company that develop products for testing, validating, and virtualizing services. These products are agnostic to any business domain.

In case I am finally hired, I'll be providing consultancy regarding these products to any customer who will acquire a license. It could be retail, transport, telecom customers,...etc.

My question is: Is it permissible for me to accept the job if I am aware that I will likely have to provide consultancy to customers such as banks?

As far as I know, I will not be involved in any riba-involved transactions, nor I am aware of the kind of service they will virtualize.


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After reading this islamqa, I have decided to withdraw from the interview process. Today was my last interview but I sent an email this morning to cancel it.

They called me telling me I was the perfect candidate for them and tried to help and understand my reasons which I did not explain in my withdrawal email. After explaining that as a Muslim, I cannot not participate in banking projects because I would be helping and benefiting bank customers in sin and transgression (usury), they tried to convince me to see the positive side of the situation by telling me that I will be working for them and not for the bank, and that I would not be involved in riba-transactions since I would be providing IT consulting services. But seeing I didn't change my mind, they tried to scare me by telling me I was unemployed and that I have to feed my family in these hard times...

Elhamdulilah, I kept polite and firm, and explained again I would not benefit their business if I accept the offer because I would feel guilty and remorse by disobeying Allah's commands. Last but not least, they asked me if could recommend someone I knew for this position. I told them I will think about it, but I won't do it because I would be still sinful recommending someone that will end up helping the banks.

I firmly believe Allah will give me something much better soon :)

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