How to make money online in a halal way

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Importance of halal income

This life is a test, الله created us to worship him, As الله said in Quran…

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ ٥٦

“I did not create jinn and humans except to worship Me.”

And our provision is already written by الله , so then why do we have to work? Its a test to check whether we will find our provision in a halal way or haram way.

Some effects of haram income

Imām Muslim reports from the narration of Abū Hurayrah raḍiya Allāhu ‘anhu, that Rasūlullāh ṣallā Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam says:

“O people, Allah is Good and He therefore, accepts only that which is good. And Allah commanded the believers as He commanded the Messengers by saying: “O Messengers, eat of the good things, and do good deeds; verily I am aware of what you do” (Sūrah al-Mu’minūn. 51). And He said: “O those who believe, eat of the good things that We gave you” (Sūrah al-Baqarah. 172). He then made a mention of a person who travels widely, his hair dishevelled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky (and thus makes the supplication): “O Lord, O Lord,” whereas his diet is haram, his drink is haram, and his clothes are haram and his nourishment is haram. How can then his supplication be accepted?”

How to make halal income online

In 21st century there is a lot of ways to earn a living online. So what are the different ways of making money online?

There are many ways to make money online, including starting a e-commerce business and selling products or services, freelancing, selling online courses etc…

Some popular and trending ways to make money online is starting a blog or YouTube channel and monetizing it through advertising, sponsorships, affiliate links.

So when we take a look into how people monetize their YouTube channel or blog is mainly through the google Adsense program, so is it really halal to make money from these ads provided by Google Adsense program? let’s find out.

Actually there is nothing wrong with the Adsense program but we don’t have much control over the ads shown especially in YouTube ads, of course Google allows us to turnoff ads related to haram things like alcohol, gambling, drugs etc… But the problem is not there even if the ad is about a car or a phone or dress it will contain music and women. I don’t know whether in todays day and time is a any video advertising without a women or music. So the only option left for us is to completely avoid the income from Google’s Adsense program on YouTube.

Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said in a hadith qudsi [that Allah said to the angels]: “… and if he gives it (the bad deed) up for My sake, then record it for him as one good deed…” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (7501).

Now let’s take a look into the Adsense program for blog. In blogs there is no video ads, الحمدلله so the problem of music is solved, so what about issue of women’s images shown in the ads? الحمدلله in Google’s Adsense settings there is options to disable ads of lot categories which supposedly to have such images and they also provide option to hide ads containing nudity. If still there is any ads shows such things we can individually block such ads from the ad review center from the Adsense panel.

So what are the alternatives available?

The main alternative to earn from YouTube is to get sponsorship for your videos. After growing your channel to a decent amount of subscribers and views you can contact companies to advertise in your channel, so here we have the complete control over the ads shown unlike the Adsense. We can choose a company which doesn’t violate the Islamic laws and we can demand that we will only do advertisement which doesn’t contain any music and images of women.

To be continued ان شاء الله

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