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Opening a restaurant where people can bring their own liquor.

Published: 24/08/2011 11:48:00 AM GMT
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We would like to open a resataurant that serves only halal food and no liquor. However, since the majority of our patrons will be non-Muslims who insist on having alcoholic drinks with their meals, our business will not be viable unless we allow them at least to bring their own drinks. Is this permissible in Islam?

Answered by

Sheikh Ahmad al-Rashîd

A Muslim may not allow anyone, not even a non-Muslim, to drink liquor on his premises. It makes no difference if it is his house, shop or restaurant.

Allah says: “Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 2].

Such an act clearly falls under the category of helping another in sin. No doubt, permitting him to do so is an invitation for him to commit this major sin in front of others while we have the ability to prevent it.

However, Muslims have no right to prevent non-Muslims from things that their religions deem lawful, such as drinking liquor and eating pork, as long as they do it in their own houses or on their own premises.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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