Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I would like to find out the rulings/permissibility for a muslim to work at Netflix.

I am a data analyst and would be analysing the companies customers data with the aim of understanding customer behaviour to grow Netflix’s customer base.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Working as a data analyst is a permissible line of work.

Non-Muslims aren’t held accountable to the standards of the Sacred Law, and hence, the remuneration received for such work would also be permitted.

At any rate, merely providing a platform for streaming is a lawful activity in and of itself, despite any subsequent, religiously problematic content which may be found therein.

Generally, you should seek out wholesome employment, namely, the kind of work that corresponds to our ethical standards, or at least doesn’t oppose them, and fulfils your needs too. But life can be complex, so if you find yourself in a sub-optimal situation, ask Allah Most High to assist you, and actively dislike the impermissible in your heart.

Please also see this answer and these answers.

And Allah Most High knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

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