Working for a hotel & having to serve alcoholic drinks

Reference: Fataawa Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ibn Humayd – Page 267, Question 283

Question: I work in one of the hotels, and the nature of my job forces me to carry drinks/beverages which Allaah has made haraam, I [would just like to point out that I] do pray, so is this permissible or not?

Response: This is not permissible, for indeed it has been mentioned in a hadeeth that the Messenger of Allaah cursed the drinker of alcohol:

«…the one who expresses the juice (of the grapes to make wine), and the one who carries (serves) it (the wine/alcohol) and the one to whom it (the wine/alcohol) is carried (i.e. the drinker)»

…and so on [the hadeeth goes]. So you are assisting in that which is haraam all the while you are carrying the alcohol from the place of the seller to the place of the buyer. So all of this is not permissible, and we advise that you relieve yourself of this [work] and Allaah will compensate you with a job better than it. And Allaah is the Most Knowledgeable.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.