Developing an online selling website for a person who will sell images

Q: I work as a freelance web designer and programmer. Recently, a client asked me to create a website with an online store system to sell PSD files. PSD file stands for PhotoShop document. They can be simple graphic designs or images that people use (for example, book printing companies always purchase book cover PSDs).

I programmed and designed the online store. Once I reached the final steps of my work, I found out that this client will use the website I built to sell some weird images. These images are not pornographic, but they are very weird 3D models of people (mainly half-naked girls), for some game companies. Apparently, the game companies buy this person’s designs to use in their games. These images are not classed as pornographic, but they have so much weird sexual underflow.

I get paid a one-time payment for creating the “online selling platform”. I do not “host” this website for the client. My job was just to make a selling system for digital files and it stops there. Similarly, I will not be uploading the pictures to the site. Will the money that I earn through creating this site be halaal? Keep in mind that I did not know what the purpose of this site was.

A: Since you did not know and the work you carried out was of a permissible nature, your work and income are permissible.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

اَلَّا تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِّزۡرَ اُخۡرٰی  (النجم: 38)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)