Working as an accountant

Question:

I had a question that was concerning me as I have been reading up on Islam and wanted to get further knowledge of my faith. I know that interest is Haram and that as per:

Sayyiduna Abd Allah ibn Mas�ud (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) cursed the one who accepted usury, the one who paid it, the witness to it, and the one who recorded it. (Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 22, Number 3327).

With this in mind, I am doing my CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation and deal with writing out interest transactions in an educational format. I wanted to know if this is still considered to be haram in this context as I am writing down hypothetical transactions, or as it has no real value and is strictly for education, if it is permissable. Please advise me accordingly.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

Wa Alaikum Salam 
 
We learn from the hadith you quoted that taking any part whatsoever in the execution of a transaction involving interest is not permissible, whether it is in the form of giving the interest, taking it, bearing witness to it, or recording it.
 
Therefore it is not permissible to record such transactions while they are being executed.
 
However, if an accountant's job is simply to make records of transactions which have already been carried out, it is permissible, although it is still advisable to find a job which has no connection whatsoever with interest.
 
We do not fully understand your situation. If your problem is not solved by what is written above, please clarify your question and send it again. 

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Taha Abdulkareem

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