25 May 2019   19. Ramadan 1440
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Dining at a restaurant that serves alcohol


In a narration Hazrat Jabir (RA) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “…And whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should not sit at a table where alcohol is being served” (Tirmizi). This narration is corroborated by narrations in Sunan Abi Dawud, Sunan Nasai, Musnad Ahmad, Mustadrak Hakim and Sunan Darimi.

The directive in this particular teaching is that Muslims should be fully conscious of not only of what is consumed but also where. Showing complicity with what is prohibited opens the gate to do the unlawful. Allah Ta’ala says, “And do not incline towards the wrongdoers, lest the Fire should afflict you, and you shall have no supporters other than Allah, then you shall not be helped.” (Surah Hud, Verse 113)

The unfortunate reality is that Muslims do frequent eateries where alcohol is served with the assumption they are consuming the food and not the prohibited drink. Even non-Muslims are alarmed when they see Muslims frequenting such places. This is also a disservice to Islam as we are portraying a negative image of Muslim practice.

The divine injunctions in this regard should be kept in the forefront when deciding where to eat. Uphold one’s identity and values and do not eat where alcohol is served.
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