Q: Is it permissible to have coffee at a coffee shop that serves alcohol as well? Is it permissible to eat a vegetarian or pasta meal at a haraam resturant that serves alcohol as well? What is the ruling on eating doubtful food? Could you please substantiate from quraan and hadith if possible as I would like to forward the email to friends who eat at such places and claim that the cutlery used is washed seperatly and vegetarian and other meals are cooked separately so there is no contamination.
A: One should abstain from restaurants that serve alcohol or that sell Haraam foods, even if one is only consuming vegetables or coffee.
As for alcohol, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa Sallam) said: “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day shall not sit at a table on which wine is served.” (Narrated by Imams Ahmad and Bayhaqi) This means that it is Haraam to be in an eating place where wine is served.
If a thing is doubtful then according to Hadeeth, we are instructed to refrain from it. Indulgence in doubtful things will eventually lead to indulgence in Haraam. This is mentioned in a Hadeeth in Tirmidhi.
Moulana Yusuf Laher