Taking a salary from a person who took out an interest-bearing loan

Q: I am a student. I teach my aunts son mathematics. This is my first job as a student. I always wanted to earn halaal or I have a wish that my first salary or income will be atleast halaal.

My question is, somehow, I know that my aunts source of income comes from riba or a bank loan or something or fraudness which is haraam. Is my salary halaal or haraam? I am confused. Please explain, if it is not halaal then I will teach him for free. 

A: If she took an interest-bearing loan from the bank, and she pays you from the loan she had taken, it will be permissible for you to take the money, as the original loan amount is not haraam (but the interest paid on it is haraam). Nevertheless, you should advise her that taking an interest-bearing loan is haraam and earns the wrath of Allah Ta'ala, and that she should try her best to repay the loan as quick as possible to save herself from the curse of riba.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)