Can the owner of an online business directory allow businesses with haram activities, such as alcohol shops or hotels with a bar, to register for free? And would it be permissible to generate revenue from them by allowing them to advertise on the website?

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Can the owner of an online business directory allow businesses with haram activities, such as alcohol shops or hotels with a bar, to register for free? And would it be permissible to generate revenue from them by allowing them to advertise on the website?

I own an online business directory. So, all kinds of businesses register there and people searching for any kind of products & services come there to find their need.  My question is:

  • a) Is it okay to register a business that is haraam in our school of thought (eg. pork shop or alcohol shop)
  • b)  Is it okay to register a business, part of whose offerings are haraam in our school of thought (eg. a hotel that has a bar or a restaurant that serves alcohol or a desert safari that has belly dance included)
  • c) My revenue comes not from registering, but from paid advertisement from businesses. Can I accept paid ads from the above two categories?
Rebecca Masterton, Dr Rebecca Masterton graduated with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature; an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in Islamic literature of West Africa. She has been... Answered 1 year ago

It prohibited to sell alcohol or to promote the selling and consumption of alcohol, or anything else that is haram.

Further to that, if one thinks of one's mission in life as including 'amr b'il-ma'ruf wa nahy 'an al-munkar, then one should actively prevent the advertising and promotion of anything that is harmful.

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