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Assalam-uAlaikum, this is my 4th qeuestion of the day..i hope you answer all of them..Jazakallah. Q1. At present i am living in USA as a student with a Muslim roomate who works at the liquor store. I know it is haraam to consume salary from the place where alcohol/beer are sold, so does it mean that i should stop living with my roomate as the grocery done for our household also include some proportionate amount of money from him. Q2. this is the sequel to my previous question. He (my Muslim roomate who works at the liquor store) also pays some money to the mosque monthly. Is it permissible considering the source of money? should the people in the mosque accept this money since they are aware of it?  

 

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Working in alcohol store

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Your question: At present i am living in USA as a student with a Muslim roomate who works at the liquor store. I know it is haraam to consume salary from the place where alcohol/beer are sold, so does it mean that i should stop living with my roomate as the grocery done for our household also include some proportionate amount of money from him.

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2776 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

Allah's Messenger (saws) invoked the curse of Allah on ten people in connection with wine: the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid for it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought.

 

Since you are also paying a proportionate amount for the grocery with your room-mate, your stay and the food that you consume will be considered halaal and permissible, and there will be no sin on you. There is no need to stop living with your room-mate, provided he does not consume the alcohol in your presence. But it will obviously be better and purer for you to find a good, righteous, room-mate.

 

Your question: He (my Muslim roomate who works at the liquor store) also pays some money to the mosque monthly. Is it permissible considering the source of money? should the people in the mosque accept this money since they are aware of it?  

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "O people, Allah is Good (or Pure) and He, therefore, accepts only that which is good (and pure). (Narrated by Muslim and Ahmad).

 

If the managers or caretakers of the Mosque are aware that the money earned is from the earnings of a liquor store, they should not accept it!

 

Beloved brother, it is obvious by his act of donating money to the Mosque that your muslim room-mate who works at the liquor store, has somewhere deep in his heart the love and reverence for Allah Subhanah and the deen of Al-Islam, although he is committing a grave sin by working in the liquor store. You should talk to him with patience and wisdom, and remind him politely of the sin that he is constantly committing in the sight of Allah Subhanah by earning haraam income. Maybe, just maybe, with your sincere efforts for his well-being in the Hereafter, you might be able to convince him to leave the haraam and thus come closer to Allah Subhanah and Islam. If you can do this, and your room-mate turns to Allah Subhanah in repentance, you will indeed be doing him a huge favor and probably save him from a very severe accounting in the Court of Allah Subhanah on an Inevitable Day! And the Merciful will honor you and reward you generously for being a sincere well-wisher of your believing brother, and this deed of yours will indeed be very heavy in the scales of Righteous Deeds in the sight of the Merciful.

 

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Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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