“I run a magazine service that advertises for local businesses in my community. These businesses sell alcohol and pork. Is it allowed for me to advertise for them since I’m not the owner of those businesses and charge them fees for my efforts?”
Scholars hold that it is not allowed to involve yourself in such transactions due to the overwhelming number of texts that forbid, and in some cases, curse those who involve in transactions involving alcohol. There is a clear principle in Islamic Law that states, “When Allah or His Messenger [sa], curse something it is forbidden.”
Imam al-Dasuqi in Sharh al-Saghir states, “It is not allowed for one to rent his home to those who will use it for……..selling intoxicants.” Something similar was also mentioned by Ibn al-Qudama in al-Mughni. Thus, your renting add space to others in order for them to invite to the forbidden is a similar situation and involves making potential profit off of it. The Prophet (may Allah be pleased with him) cursed ten types of people in relation to intoxicants……”the one who profits from it.” Thus, it is not allowable for you to do so, nor to advertise with people whom you know sell such things.
The same applies to pork products. The Prophet said, “Allah is pure an only excepts what’s pure.” and Allah says, “And cooperate together towards righteousness and avoiding sin, and do not cooperate in evil and transgression.” (5/2) Based on that verse the scholars stated, “It is not allowed for a Muslim to assist in the disobedience of God nor the destruction of what is permissible.” There are some scholars who hold it allowable to do so since they consider the West dar-al-Harb based on the position of some Hanafis. However, as Dr. Wahba Zuhayli, Dr. Salah Sultan and others have shown, this opinion is weak and not supported by textual authority. Inshallah, by selling the permissible and avoiding the forbidden, Allah will bless your wealth, raise your stations and put satisfaction in your heart.
If you are in a dire situation, please contact me and we can discuss this further.