It is forbidden for Muslims to drink, serve, sell or buy wine. Whoever deals with it is cursed. Accordingly it is forbidden to a Muslim to present or carry wine to his non-Muslim or Muslim friends at any place. 

Buying and Carrying Wines for non-Muslims

Similar Questions

  • Paying for wine bought by a non-Muslim;

  • Carrying wine to a non-Muslim.

The Issue

Some Muslims living in non-Muslim countries may sit together in a cafeteria with friends who are not Muslims. Is it permissible for a Muslim to pay for the drinks consumed by all those present, including the wine the unbelievers drank? Moreover, some teachers may ask their students to bring them a drink that is forbidden. Is it permissible for a Muslim student to carry this to his non-Muslim teacher?


It is forbidden for a Muslim to present or carry wine to his friends, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims or whether it takes place in a cafeteria, at home or at any other place. It is also not lawful for him to pay for any wine, even though he did not drink it himself. He should be selective in his friendships and not have bad friends so as to protect himself against committing sin. This is the ruling of the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa as stated in its Fatawa.[1]


God has cursed wines and those who drink, serve, sell, buy or use the profits from such products. The Prophet has also cursed the one who carries wine and the one to whom it is carried. Moreover, this comes under the heading of furthering evil and aggression, which God has forbidden as He says:

‘Help one another in furthering righteousness and piety and do not help one another in furthering evil and aggression. Have fear of God, for God is severe in retribution.’

(5: 2)


  • Fatawa by The Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa.

  • Mut’ib al-Qahtani (ed.), Is'af al-Mughtaribin bi Fatawa al-'Ulama’ al-Rabbaniyyin.

  • Khalid Abd al-Qadir, Fiqh al-Aqaliyyat al-Muslimah.


  1. Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa, Fatawa vol. 22, pp. 94–8.