Working as a software developer in a gaming company

Q: I want to know if it is permissible to work in the gaming industry according to Islamic law.

The gaming company in question has many popular games but those games contain some aspects of nudity, violence and crime related missions. The job is not a game developer per se, but some other software development work like tools development, server handling and all.

My doubt is that even if it's some other software development work, isn't it ultimately helping in the release of the game and thus should be prohibited?

A: If your work does not entail anything haraam and it is left to the user as to how he will use your work, whether in a right or wrong way it is permissible. It is like selling a knife to a person. In essence, it is permissible, if the user uses it wrongfully you cannot be held responsible

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)