Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah has forbidden people to disobey Him, and He has
forbidden them to co-operate in disobedience. Allaah says (interpretation of
“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue,
righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and
These tourist resorts and villages -- unfortunately -- have
become venues for kaafirs and immoral people, who do not respect the sacred
limits of Allaah and have no fear of Him, and they do not venerate Allaah as
He deserves to be venerated.
In these resorts there is nakedness and places of
entertainment in which there is dancing, permissiveness, immorality, open
consumption of alcohol and, in some of them, there may be places for
All of these are haraam things; indeed, they are major sins.
It is not permissible for the one who believes in Allaah and
the Last Day to do these things, and it is not permissible for him to take
part in them or to help those who are doing them.
All kinds of sins are committed in these resorts; the one who
built them or helps to establish them or helps to keep them running, has a
share of the sin involved.
Even the permissible places in them, such as medical clinics,
supermarkets, parking lots, laundromats and so on, are only built to make it
easier for the sinners to commit sin, so they are not free of sin either.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas
I work for an Arab building and development company (private
sector). Currently the company is building a tourist resort called -----. It
is building villas, apartments and chalets. It is located on the coast on
the outskirts of -----. This resort has been built to be used as a summer
resort for local tourists. Please note that it is located in among other
similar resorts, or more correctly, the entire coastal region in ----- is
used as summer resorts. The people in our country who use these places in
the summer only do not adhere to sharee’ah at all, and immodesty is a deeply
rooted characteristic among them, to such an extent that they bathe in the
sea in what is called bathing suits, men and women alike. Please note that
the region of ----- is remote and the people there are more promiscuous and
more disobedient to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds.
My questions are:
What is the ruling on building
resorts or villages like this, as it has become very common.
What is the ruling on those who
work for these companies? Please note that the company has other projects in
What is the ruling on those who
work on the building site, whether as engineers, contractors or employees?
What is the ruling on the
architects who design resorts such as these?
Firstly: if the situation is as described, it is haraam to
build these resorts, because that is enabling the evildoers to do evil, and
is cooperating with them in spreading it.
Secondly: it is not permissible for the Muslim to work for
these companies in building these houses or facilities, whether he is a
contractor, an engineer who is supervising the project, a designer, a
construction worker, a manager, or an accountant, and so on, because that is
cooperating in sin and transgression, and spreading evil and corruption. End
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood.