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Accountant, notary, animal feed

Fatwaa ID: 2210

Assalamualaikum, two questions:

  • Part of the accounting profession is auditing balance and income sheets that involve “interest receivable/payable”. However, the accountant is not directly benefiting from the interest at hand. They are simply looking over to see if the numbers are correct. Is there a layer of separation present here or does this fall under one of those that Rasulullah ﷺ cursed? (i.e. those that witness interest) Or does this only apply to a notary that witnesses/approves of a large interest-based transaction?
  • Does what the animal consume prior to proper hand slaughter affect its halal status? For example, I’ve heard that chickens are given feed that contain pork or Haram meats mixed with seeds and such. Would this affect the permissibility despite the zibha being done correctly?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. The job of an accountant would not fall under the ambit of prohibition or being accursed. It will be permissible for him to audit balances and income sheets and prepare financial statements for his clients. As for a notary, it will not be permissible for him to be a witness to haraam transactions.
  2. No. The feed of the animal does not affect its halaal status. The animal will be halaal as long as it was slaughtered correctly.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/28/1445 AH – 03/09/2024 CE | AMG3-4443

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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