Is it permissible to serve alcohol to a non-muslim?


الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

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

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

In principle, it is impermissible to serve alcohol to anyone, as this is directly assisting in sin. [1]

Allah Almighty states,
وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْان
Translation: And do not assist each other in sin and transgression.
(Surah Ma’idah, Verse 2)

In such a scenario, one should communicate their concerns with their manager, to abstain from directly serving alcohol. If this is not possible, then one should constantly seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty, whilst searching for alternative lawful work. [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best.
Mubasshir Talha
18 Jumada’ al-‘Aakhir 1442 / 31 January 2021

Concurred by: Mufti Chakil Omarjee

Approved by:
Mufti Tahir Wadee | Mufti Yusuf Ilolvi
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إن الإعانة على المعصية حرام مطلقا بنص القران، أعني قوله تعالى:﴿ولا تعاونوا على الإثم والعدوان﴾ [المائدة:٢]
وقوله تعالى: ﴿فلن أكون ظهيرا للمجرمين﴾ [القصص: ١٨]
[Buhooth Fi Qadhāya Fiqhiyyah Mua’sirah, Mufti Taqi Uthmâni, 1/359, Maktabah Darululoom Karachi]

ولا يجوز الاستئجار على الغناء والنوح، وكذا سائر الملاهي؛ لأنه استئجار على المعصية والمعصية لا تستحق بالعقد
[Al-Hidâyah, 3/238 – Dar al-Fikr]

والاستئجار على المعصية لا تجوز
[Al-Mabsut, Sarakhsi, 16/38, Dar al-Ma’rifah]

وما كان سببا لمحظور فهو محظور
[Raddul Muhtâr, 6/350, Al-Fikr]

إيقاع السبب بمنزلة إيقاع المسبب، قصد ذلك المسبب أو لا
[Al-Muwâfaqât, Al-Shatibi, 1/335 – Dar al-Affan]

ثم السبب إن كان سببا محركا وداعيا إلى المعصية، فالتسبب فيه حرام، كالإعانة على المعصية بنص القران كقوله تعالى: ﴿ولا تسبوا الذين يدعون من دون الله﴾ [الأنعام ١٠٨] وقوله تعالى: ﴿فلا تخضعن بالقول﴾ [الأحزاب ٣٢] وقوله تعالى: ﴿ولا تبرجن﴾ [الأحزاب:٣٣] 

[Buhooth Fi Qadhāya Fiqhiyyah Mua’sirah, Mufti Taqi Uthmâni, 1/359, Maktabah Darululoom Karachi]

ایک سبب جالب وباعث جو گناہ کے لۓ محرک ہو کہ اگر یہ سبب نہ ہوتا تو صدور معصیت کے ہونے کی کوئی ظاہری وجہ نہ تھی۔ ایسے اسباب معصیت کا ارتکاب گویا خود معصیت ہی کا ارتکاب ہے۔
[Jawahir al-Fiqh, Mufti Shafi’ Uthmani 7/510 (Ed 2010) – Maktabah Darululoom Karachi]

البتہ شراب کی خرید وفروخت اور کسی کو پینے کے لۓ دینا مسلمان کے لۓ حلال نہیں
[Ahsanul Fatāwa, 8/100, HM Saeed]

جو کام ناجائز ہے، اس کام کی نوکری بھی ناجائز ہے، دوسرا ذریعہ معاش تلاش کرے اور اس نوکری کو چھوڑ دے
[Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, 17/121, Jamia’ Farūqiyyah]

والذين اذا فعلوا فاحشة او ظلموا انفسهم ذكروا الله فاستغفروا لذنوبهم، ومن يغفر الذنوب الا الله ، ولم يصرّوا على ما فعلوا وهم يعلمون. اولآئك جزآؤهم مغفرة من ربهم وجنّت تجرى من تحتها الانهر خلدين فيها، ونعم اجر العملين
[Al-Qur’ān, Surah ‘Aal-e-Imrān, ‘Ayah 135-6]