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Is it lawful or unlawful for a Muslim to sell or buy wine/liquor?

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I am in America now. I own a grocery store here all the customers are non Muslims they ask for liquor. Because of not having liquor it is affecting my business. So is it permissible to keep liquor in my store? Please let me know as soon as possible. Early response is highly appreciated.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 287/281/N=5/1438)

According to Islam wine/liquor is haram and unlawful. It is haram and unlawful for a Muslim to sell or buy wine/liquor though the customer or seller is Muslim or non-Muslim. You cannot keep liquor in your store. You must sell only lawful things, though it fetches less benefit for you or your customers decrease, in-shaAllah, it shall carry lots of blessings. Haram wealth, in any case, is a malice though it is more. May your business prosper! Amen! Allah says in the Holy Quran:

قُللاَّيَسْتَوِيالْخَبِيثُوَالطَّيِّبُوَلَوْأَعْجَبَكَكَثْرَةُالْخَبِيثِالآية.(سورةالمائدة،رقمالآية: 100)


Say, “The evil and the good are not equal, even though the abundance of (what is) evil may attract you. So, fear Allah, O people of understanding, so that you may be successful.”

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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