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Last updated: 20th October 2006
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Respected Elders,

Assalmu-alaykum Warahmatullah.

here in the U.K. Restaurants selling Indian food along with alcohol is rampant, the sad thing is, is that they are mostly run by so called muslims. by question is, is that there are mainly three types of people in this employment namely the owner, the waiter and those in the kitchen. The owner by its very nature consumes the profit made from the food as well as the alcoholic drinks. The waiters role, as you know is to take customers orders and to serve be it food or alcoholic drinks and lastly the people in the kitchens role is only to prepare food and to deliver, having nothing to do with the alcoholic drinks but at the same time both the waiter, explicitly, and the kitchen staff implicitly aiding the restaurant owner in running the business. My question is, how would you class the three types of peoples earning e.g. (Halal, Haraam, Makrooh etc, etc)

May Allah elevate the Ummah.


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Al Jawaab Billahit-Tawfeeq

1. If one is working in a restaurant, grocery shop etc, which is serving, carrying, lifting, delivering etc, alcoholic beverages or any Haraam products then it is prohibited for him to work there. Allah Ta'ala Says: "…but do not help one another in sin and transgression. …"[5:2]

2. If the major part of the restaurant's income is from the other Halal food and drink sold, as would most likely be the case, the income of those implicitly aiding in the selling of alcohol would not be HARAM. However, such a job is strongly discouraged. A continuous and concerted effort should be made to seek a hundred percent Halal alternative.

Kindly refer to the following for more clarification:


And Allah knows best


Answer last updated on:
29th November 2008
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Ulamaa ID 09
Location: Zambia