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Question:

Is driving services like taxi or uber permitted in Islam as you may have to drive people to places like clubs and casinos. Also situations may arise when you are alone with a non-mahram passenger.
Jazakllah Khairan

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam.

Transporting people to their requested location is in and of itself permissible. These earnings are also lawful. Committing acts of sin are the passengers own personal acts.
According to Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy on him), indirectly assisting in sin is not itself prohibited or sinful, but rather disliked.
Their sins will not have an effect on the taxi driver’s earnings.
It is also not known for certain the purpose for which a person is going there as perhaps there are other reasons not necessarily to commit a sin and it is not your responsibility to know.

Having said that, one should definitely dislike the fact in one’s heart that sins are being committed in those places ie clubs, casinos etc. as hating the unlawful is an obligation.

As far as taking non mahram passengers
try your best to use caution and reasoned judgment.
Request her to sit at the back and avoid taking long journeys on secluded roads so that you don’t end up being alone in seclusion with a non mahram as the hadith; لا يخلون رجل بامرأة إلا مع ذي محرم
prohibits us from being alone with a non mahram.

Allah knows best.

Answered by:
Shaykh Mohammed Shakeeb.

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