Posted by: alqamardesigns | February 10, 2008

Muslim Companies Selling Alcohol – Letter

The below letter was written by a sister, to Muslim companies who sell or deal with Alcohol. may Allah guide them,and us, forgive us our sins, the ones we do knowingly and unknowingly. Ameen


Bismillah-hir Rahamaan-nir Raheem
In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Asalaamu’alaykum warahmatullah
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you

Dearest Shop Owner.

InshaaAllah you are well, your staff and families.

I write to you sincerely in regards to your business, and wanting the best for you, being my Muslim brothers and sisters in Islaam. I came to know about your shop and that you sell in it Alcohol and was very sad to hear this.

Alhamdulillah, Allah has blessed us with Islam, and we are Muslims (those who submit to Allah, Almighty, in complete obedience.) Unfortunately, living in the west we seem to take this great blessing for granted and can find ourselves easily forgetting our true purpose in life, Allah says:

“I (Allaah) only created jinn and man to worship Me.” [Quran, Surat adh-Dhariyat, 56].

We also find Muslims sadly falling into things that are displeasing to Allah, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes through carelessness or sometimes (may Allah protect us from this) from no bother of Allah’s laws. Such actions can destroy our lives in this world, and even our ultimate life in the hereafter.

One thing that I have learnt from my very short life in this world, that living a life transgressing the laws of Allah and His Prophet Muhammad (s), one can never find true peace of mind and can never succeed in life, Allah warns us time and time again in the Quran of this:

“And whosoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger, and transgresses His limits, He will cast him into the Fire, to abide therein; and he shall have a disgraceful torment” [Quran, Surah An-Nisaa’ 4:13-14]

We live in a materialistic world, where this world makes us believe we must have “such and such” to survive, Shaytan is constantly trying to deceive us that we will fall into poverty and whispering to us that it’s okay to commit the haraam, but the reality is every act of disobedience we do in this world (if we do not stop it and repent for it) we shall have to answer for it to Allah on the Day of Judgement:

“Every soul will be held in pledge for what it has acquired.” [Quran, 74:38].

If we simply live in accordance to Allah’s laws with His blessings, He (Allah) would open up so many doors for us that we could never imagine, and not only make us successful in this world, but, in the hereafter too. Undoubtedly, it is not easy to live a life obeying Allah and staying away from the haraam (the forbidden things), but then again, do we really think making it to Jannah (Paradise) is cheap and that we do not have to struggle for it? As our Prophet (s) has told us, in an authentic hadith:

“The Hellfire has been surrounded by lusts and desires and the Paradise by hardships” [Bukhari and Muslim]

So, we must ask ourselves which road do we want to travel upon?

I ask you with a pure heart, to think over your business, and the way you run it, in order for Allah to bless your business, your workers, and the money you make — the money you use to feed, clothe and take care of your family. Below is information I have gathered together, for you, to look over from learned people and reliable sources, detailing the seriousness of selling alcohol, for surely that which Allah has made haraam is also haraam to sell. I pray you read it with an open heart, and it is of some benefit for you. I ask you to please, allow your workers to read the information, so they too can choose whether they want to continue working there, because I guarantee you that the haraam actions we do will determine our lives not only in this world, but when we part, in the grave, on the day of judgement and ultimately our place in the hereafter.

May Allah bless you and your loved ones, and make us amongst those who spend our lives seeking Allah’s pleasure, asking for His forgiveness, not trading our lives in exchange for the short fake pleasures of this world, but instead we should live an obedient life .. striving for the hereafter, may Allah make us from those who do righteous deeds with sincerity and make it to Paradise. Ameen

Also, may Allah keep my intentions for His sake, forgive me and have mercy on me, my parents and family. Ameen.

~ Your sister In Islaam

What does haraam mean?

Haraam, is an Arabic word that means “forbidden”, in reality only a few things in Islam are forbidden, and of those things that are forbidden, they are no good for us anyway, and bring much harm – whether we see the harm or not, Allah knows what is good and bad for us – He is the one who created us and knows us better.

Who makes things haraam?

Only two have the right to make something haraam in Islam, no one else has this authority, and those two are Allah and His Prophet Muhammad (s). It is not permissible for anyone to issue fatwas (rulings/opinions) concerning the religion of Allaah without knowledge. So if Allah or His Prophet Muhammad (s) have made something halaal (lawful) and someone else made it haraam, this is a serious sin; and visa versa.

“Say (O Muhammad): (But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawaahish (great evil sins) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allaah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allaah of which you have no knowledge” [Quran, al-‘Araaf 7:33]

“And say not concerning that which your tongues put forth falsely: ‘This is lawful and this is forbidden,’ so as to invent lies against Allaah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allaah will never prosper” [Quran, al-Nahl 16:116]

Who said alcohol is haraam?

Both, Allah and His Prophet Muhammad (s).

Where does it say this?

(a) In The Quran, Allah Prohibits Alcohol

“They ask Thee concerning Wine and Gambling, Say: In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” [Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah:219]

The Arabic word used in this text is Khamr which is applied to all intoxicating liquor or drugs.

“O Ye who believe! Intoxicants and Gambling, Sacrificing to Stones, and (divination by) Arrows, are an abomination, of Satan’s handiwork; Keep away from such, that Ye may prosper.” [Quran, Surah Al-Maaidah:90]

(b) In the Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (s) Prohibits Alcohol

A man from Yemen once asked the Prophet about a liquor made from millet called mizr which people drank in his country. The Prophet asked whether it was intoxicating and when the man replied in the affirmative, the Prophet (pbuh) said “Allaah has made a covenant that whoever dies drinking alcohol, He will give him to drink of the mud of khibaal.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, what is the mud of khibaal?” He said, “The juice of the people of Hell” or “the sweat of the people of Hell.” [Hadith Muslim]

Abdullah bin Umar related that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Do not sit together with drinkers, nor visit them when they are sick. Do not even attend their funerals. The drinkers of alcohol shall come on the Last Day with black faces, their tongues leaning on one side and saliva coming out of their mouths. Anyone who sees their filthy appearance will know that they were the drinkers of alcohol.”

Wa’il al-Hadrami said that Tariq bin Suwaid asked the Prophet (pbuh) about wine and the Prophet (pbuh) forbade him. When Tariq told him that he made it only as a medicine, the Prophet (pbuh) replied, “It is not a medicine but a disease.” [Hadith Muslim]

Jabir reported the Messenger of Allah as saying “If a large amount of anything causes intoxication, a small amount of it is also prohibited.” [Hadith Tirmidhi, Abu Daud and Ibn Majah]

So we have established that drinking Alcohol is haraam, but what about selling it?

That which Allah makes forbidden, He also forbids selling it

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us an important principle when he said: “When Allaah forbids a thing, He (also) forbids its price.” [Hadith, Abu Dawood, 3488; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Ghaayat al-Maraam, 318.]

“With regard to dead meat, alcohol and pork, the Muslims are unanimously agreed that it is haraam to sell all of these.” [Imam Al-Nawawi]

“This hadeeth indicates that whatever we are forbidden to eat or make use of, we are also forbidden to sell, and it is not permissible to consume its price.” [Imam Al-Qaadi]

AstaghfirAllah, thus, we can clearly see the severity of Alcohol. Muslims are not just prohibited from drinking it, but also in selling, buying or even facilitating the process of selling or buying or transporting alcohol. It is very important to note, that it is just as haraam to sell other haraam items such as Lottery tickets, cigarettes, adult magazines etc. These prohibitions apply to all places at all times, having said that, I need to also point out that there is no view or opinion allowing one to sell or buy to non-Muslims – all is a sin in Islaam.

Allah’s Messenger(sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) said, “If anyone drinks wine Allah will not accept prayer from him for forty days..” [Tirmidhi]

Do you want to be responsible for the one who allowed alcohol to get in the hands of individuals?

Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) cursed ten people in connection with wine: the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid for it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought.   and Ibn Majah transmitted it.]

Do we want the curse of our Prophet Muhammad (s) upon you?

Haraam earnings can result in Allah not answering our Du’aa

Do you feel Allah is not answering your duaa?

There can be many reasons why Allah SWT does not answer our du’aa (prayers), one of them is:

Not abstaining from haraam food, clothing and earnings – and remember he who sells alcohol, his earnings are all  haraam. Please take heed, this is a very serious matter.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, made mention of a person who was traveling, his hair untidy, and covered with dust. “He lifts his hands and makes du’aa, ‘O Lord, O Lord,’ ….but his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothes are unlawful, and his nourishment (earnings) is unlawful. How then can his supplication be accepted?” (Muslim and Ahmad)

We must stay away from the haraam, Allaah will facilitate the halaal for you, as the hadith says:

“Whoever avoids something for Allaah, Allah will replace it for him with what is better.”

“Whoever has taqwa (fear) of Allah, Allaah will make a way out for him.”

Question & Answers

Dear Shaykh! I have always wanted to help my father who indeed is a great dad. However, recently he purchased a shop which is licensed and sells alcohol. My dad says that I am only serving customers and not consuming the alcohol. Must I honor my father’s wishes? I really need your help; what should I do?

ANSWER: First and foremost, according to a Hadith in Al-Tirmidhi, it has been narrated by Abu Darda (r) that alcohol is the key to all evil; this is consuming it or selling it. It is totally Haraam to sell alcohol and the income earned is also Haraam.

It is Haraam for a Muslim to sell something that is Haraam for him to eat or use. The Prophet, Muhammad-ur Rasullullaah (s) said, “If Allah Taa’la makes Haraam the consumption of something; He also makes Haraam its transaction.” [Musnad Ahmad, Hadith no. 2546]

Islam is a consistent religion. When it says that something is bad and forbidden, then it wants Muslims to avoid it for themselves and for others. If a Muslim sells Haraam things, he is not only inconsistent in his behaviour; he is also ridiculing the law of Allah Taa’la. He does not care what is right and what is wrong. It is right if other Muslims avoid business with this person. This will be a good reminder for this person to come back to the rules of Allah Taa’la.

Anas (r) said that the prophet, Muhammad-ur Rasullullaah (a) cursed ten people in connection with wine; the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid for it, the one who buys it and the one for whom it is bought. [Hadith Al-Tirmidhi]. My advice to you is that within the boundaries of respect to your father; tell your dad that you cannot sell alcohol as it contradicts the teachings of Islam.

(source: Shaykh Hafeezud Din,

The Standing Committee was asked: Is it permissible to deal in alcohol and pork if one is not selling them to a Muslim?

ANSWER: It is not permissible to deal in foods and other things that Allaah has forbidden, such as alcohol and pork, even if one is selling them to kaafirs (disbelievers). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed alcohol, the one who drinks it, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who consumes its price, the one who squeezes (the grapes, etc) and the one for whom it is squeezed.

(source: Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 13/49,

Shaykh al-‘Allaamah ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz (r) was aske:d “An inquirer from Gambia is asking, what is the ruling on a Muslim who sells alcohol or drugs, can we call him a Muslim or not? What is the ruling on a Muslim who works in an alcohol factory, does he have to give up his job if he cannot find any other job?


Praise be to Allaah. Selling alcohol and other intoxicants is a grave evil, and working in alcohol factories is haraam and is an evil, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al Birr and At Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression” [Quran, al-Maa’idah 5:2]

Undoubtedly selling alcohol, drugs and cigarettes constitutes cooperating in sin and transgression, and working in alcohol factories also constitutes cooperating in sin and transgression. And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

Shaytaan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah and from As Salaah (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?” [Quran, al-Maa’idah 5:90]

With regard to the ruling, the one who does this is a sinner and an evildoer by so doing; he is lacking in faith and on the Day of Resurrection he will be subject to the will of Allaah. If He (Allah) wills, He will forgive him and if He wills, He will punish him, if he dies before he repents. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, Allaah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills” [al-Nisaa’ 4:48]

This ruling applies if he does not regard that as being permissible. If he does regard it as being permissible then he is a kaafir by doing so, and if he dies he should not be washed or the funeral (janaazah) prayer offered for him, according to all the scholars, because by doing that he is disbelieving in Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

The same ruling applies to one who regards as permissible zina (adultery), sodomy, riba (usury/interest) and other things which are unanimously agreed to be haraam, such as disobeying one’s parents, severing ties of kinship or killing a soul unlawfully, etc.

But if a person does that or some of that knowing that it is haraam, and knowing that he is disobeying Allaah, then he is not a kaafir; rather he is an evildoer who will be subject to the will of Allaah in the Hereafter, that is if he does not repent before he dies, as stated above concerning the ruling on one who drinks alcohol. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

(source: vol. 4, p. 433,

“Alcohol paralyses the senses, makes one lurch, and vomit, extinguishes the feeble glimmer of reason which flickers in our poor minds. It soon overcomes the strongest man, and turns him into a raging beast who with empurpled face and bloodshot eyes, bellows forth oaths and threats against his surroundings and insults imaginary enemies. Never in any animal species, not among pigs, nor jackals, nor donkeys, is such ignominy to be found. The ugliest thing in creation is the drunkard, a repulsive being, the sight of whom makes one ashamed to belong to the same living species.” (Dr Charles Richet, Paris – Nobel Prize Winner of Physiology,




I end with this:

“Every soul shall have taste of death; In the end to us (Allaah) shall you be brought back”

[Quran, Surah Al-’Ankabut The Spider 29:57].

“When death comes to one of them, he says, “My Lord, send me back that I might do righteousness in that which I left behind (i.e. in that which I neglected)”

[Quran, Surah 23:99-100]

Make a change today while you still have a chance to do so, once you have gone from this world, you shall leave everything behind – your family, your wealth, your property – all that you will take with you is your deeds – be they good or bad.

Make them good, for the good deeds will protect us in our grave.

Wasalaamualaykum warahmatullah.



  1. Can I sell alcohol to the kafir when I haven’t a suitable job ???

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