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Can one attend a party where alcohol is served?

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I attended a farewell party in honour of my ex-boss,who was a very nice man & kind to me.Liquor was served in that party which I did not drink.I was sitting on one side.Later on, dinner was served which I attended.My niah was just to extend my gratitude to my ex-boss.Was it haraam to attend the party?Have I done a sin by attending that party because I knew that liquor would be served there?Usually, I do not attend any such party.


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Can one attend a party where alcohol is served?

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Your Question: Was it haraam to attend the party?Have I done a sin by attending that party because I knew that liquor would be served there?


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 90-91:O you who have believed! Khamr (all types of intoxicants), games of chance, idols, and divining arrows are all abominable works of Shaitaan; therefore, stay (far) away from these so that you may attain success. Indeed, Shaitaan seeks to sow enmity and hatred among you by means of khamr (intoxicants) and gambling, and to prevent you from the Remembrance of Allah and from Salaah. Will you not, then, abstain from these things?


Allah Subhanah has commanded the believers to stay far away from any and all types of intoxicants, and the Messenger of Allah (saws) explicitly forbade the believers to sit or join in a gathering where alcohol is served.


Thus, if one had prior knowledge that alcohol was being served at the party, it would have been purer and better for him to abstain from it, for Allah has a bigger right than our employers in regards to our gratitude!


It is indeed a sin to attend a gathering where alcohol is served. If one has attended such a gathering unknowingly, he should immediately turn to his Merciful Creator and seek sincere repentance, and make a solemn covenant with Him that he will never do so in the future. He Will, Insha Allah, find his Lord Forgiving and Merciful.


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