Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: Assalam aleykum
My brother helps his boss in transferring boxes from a truck to a building. The boxes contain wine bottles. If he is paid for just transferring the boxes (he is not concerned with what is inside), will that money be haram?
Answer: assalamu alaykum
The income your brother earns is lawful (halal). This is the explicit position of Imam Abu Hanifa and the relied upon view in the Hanafi school. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
It is, however, better to adopt a different line of work if one is able to without difficulty or hardship to avoid the difference of opinion on the issue and due to the general disliked nature of such work.
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[Ustadh] Salman Younas
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.