Why Haraam and Halaal Don’t Matter

I was asked the following question:

How do you explain people not being happy at all and facing a ton loads of hardships, not being satisfied no matter what, when they earn haram money?

Here’s my answer:

The simplest way to start answering this, is to say that money doesn’t buy happiness.

Haraam and halaal has nothing to do with it. Haraam is what is prohibited and halaal is what is allowed.

As children, we’ve been taught over and over again, that halaal is good. Halaal makes Allah happy. Halaal is the right way.

Haraam, we’ve been taught, is wrong. Haraam is disallowed. Haraam disappoints God. Haraam is wrong.

So it’s not haraam and halaal. It’s not some exclusive designation that no one else can understand. It’s the simple concept of good and bad. Right and wrong.

Now it depends on what you’ve been taught is good and what is bad. Where do your morals stand? How much do you let your actions affect your conscience?

So a way of earning money doesn’t have to be haraam, for it to weigh heavily on your conscience. It just has to be wrong according to your moral standards.

I told you about my friend who painted garbage bins which were to be distributed around the province. He charged the government for each bin painted.

If I were in his place, I’d have done it for free. (because the pretext under which he’s working is charity.) as a charity foundation, I have no right to charge for those things. If I did charge them, I’d be unhappy with myself.


Then my second point.

Money, no matter how you earn it, isn’t what brings you happiness. It never will. You know this.

The only thing money does is let you not worry about the roof over your head, the food you’re going to eat, and the clothes you’re going to shelter yourself with.

There’s people who earn huge amounts of money, in a halaal — or right — manner, and they’re unhappy. There could be a mountain of different reasons, which will have nothing to do with money.

There will be thieves and robbers, who will rob others, and they’ll be happy and satisfied. They won’t have any problems at all.

And, vice versa. There will be halaal-earning poor people who will be happy. And there will be thieves and burglars who’ll be depressed with their way of life.

There’s nothing that’s set in stone about this, is what I’m saying. People, our normal average people, will always face hardship.

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