Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing wrong with working in restaurants and cafes
in principle, as food and drinks are prepared in them and offered to the
customers. It is only haraam to work in them if these places include things
which are not permissible, such as:
If they offer food and drink
that is forbidden according to sharee’ah, such as pork and alcoholic drinks,
or if shisha is offered there.
If things that are not
permissible to be shown are shown there, such as movies, songs and programs
in which there is uncovering of ‘awrahs, such as sports matches and
If they allow customers to
Thus it is clear that working in the cafe described in the
question is permissible in principle, but this permission is cancelled out
by the fact that customers can watch sports matches in which ‘awrahs are
uncovered, and by the fact that it also allows smoking. The people in charge
should prevent these haraam things, but if they do not and they use allowing
things as a means of attracting customers to the cafe, then working in this
cafe is haraam.
With regard to working running a cafe, please see the answer
to question number 47396.
With regard to the ruling on watching sports matches and sports channels,
please see the answer to question number
And Allah knows best.