Going for Social Events Where Alcohol Is Served: Permissible?
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Going for Social Events Where Alcohol Is Served: Permissible?

Questioner

Tammy

Reply Date

Sep 25, 2018

Question

I work at a university, and my colleagues, including the head of the department get together sometimes at a restaurant to both foster bonds between colleagues and for some relaxation. They discuss lot of important issues during these meetings. If I do not join them, I will be isolated, and I need their help in many things since I just started working. But, few of them ask for beer or even wine sometimes along with food, and I feel so scared because of the curse that might be inflicted on me in such a situation. Can you please enlighten me on what to do?

Mufti

Answer


Going for Social Events Where Alcohol Is Served

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

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Muslims should positively and actively engage in their societies and participate in events that don’t violate Islamic rulings.


Answering your question, Dr. Wael Shehab, PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and currently the Imam of the Downtown Toronto Masjid in Canada, states:

In fact, you are to actively participate in the educational and social events that gather you with your colleagues, students, relatives, etc. as long as you don’t violate the ethics and rulings of the Shari`ah.

A Muslim is not allowed to sit on a table where alcohol or any haram (impermissible) drink is served. So, you can simply inform your colleagues of your wish to sit on a table on which alcohol and impressible drinks are not served.

For sure, they will respect your wish. You can tell them about some significant reasons for the prohibition of such drinks in Islam.

It is your duty, dear sister, to set a good example for all your colleagues and students in faithfulness, loyalty, cooperation, morality, etc. Spare no efforts to translate the Islamic teachings into practice. This way, you will introduce Islam to them by means of your good behavior and ethics.

 Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Dr. Wael Shehab

Dr. Wael Shehab has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University. He is currently the Imam of the Downtown Toronto Masjid in Canada.

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