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Are we allowed to dine at a place that serves alcohol?

Q:

According to Agha Sistani,

Are we allowed to dine at a place that serves alcohol?
Are we allowed to go theatres to watch movies?

A:

Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

We have ahadith which say not to sit at a table where wine is served. Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.w) said:

 مَن كانَ يُؤمنُ باللّه ِ و اليَومِ الآخِرِ فلا يَجْلِسْ على مائدَةٍ يُشْرَبُ علَيها الخَمرُ .

A person who believes in God and the Last Day should not sit at a table where wine is consumed.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Question: I enter a restaurant with a group of friends, and we notice on our table, there is a sealed bottle of wine, which we did not order, and will not drink, is it permissible for us to continue sitting on that table and eat our meal?

Answer: There is no problem in it.

Question: What is your opinion on Muslims eating in non-Muslim or even Muslim owned and operated restaurants which serve Halal food however also serve alcoholic drinks? If the alcohol is not being consumed at our table, does this change the ruling?

Answer: If alcohol is not consumed at your table, there would be no objection and you can eat in that restaurant. Yes, if going to such a restaurant is considered bad for the reputation of a Muslim, it is not permissible to eat in there.

www.sistani.org/english/qa/01123

Watching movies in the theater.

If the movie doesn’t contain moral corruption and immoral and obscene scenes, i.e. it does not have immoral and lustful scenes and haram music, and the clothes are normal of the actors/actress, then there is no problem in watching movies. But if the movies are uncensored and has bad scenes and or tries to normalise haram as halal, then one should refrain. If we assume that it is really in such a way that a person can control and manage, there is no problem in general, but management is often not possible because the scenes are sudden and immediately appear and one’s eyes unconsciously or unknowingly sees it.

May Allah(swt) grant you success

Wassalam,

Syed Haider