I would like to know the Islamic ruling on eating in restaurants which sell liquor?

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Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011





I would like to know the Islamic ruling on eating in restaurants which sell liquor?


Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.


Eating at restaurants has become a trend that has crept into our society especially muslim families that hail from sound Islamic background. This goes against the teachings and practice of the sulahaa and people of piety who preferred wholesome and blessed food over unhealthy and doubtful food. It does not befit a muslim to eat at restaurants, without a dire need. Allah Ta’ala advises us in the Quran to partake of that which is wholesome.

Food should not be eaten from restaurants that sell liquor, since there remains a possibility of contamination of the food and the liquor. The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

دع ما يريبك إلى مالا يريبك

“Leave that which puts you in doubt for that which does not” (Sunan Al-Tirmidi, vol 7, pg 100, Ihya Al-Turath al-Arabi / Fatawaa Al-Mahmudiyya ,vol 18, pg 39, Faruqiyya)

And Allah knows best
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