Sit beside who drinks

by Searcher @, Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 12:38 (1293 days ago)

Assalamou alaykom,

My father and Brother in law drink alcohol when we have dinner, they are beside me

According to the Quran, Do you think that I must not stay beside them ?

Many thanks,

Sit beside who drinks

by Laurie Hamdani @, Chicago, Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 20:44 (1293 days ago) @ Searcher
edited by Laurie Hamdani, Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 22:44

There is no specific statement in Quran which prohibits you from sitting with those who consume alcohol. What follows is merely my humble opinion. I personally do not see this as a black and white issue. Since they are your close relations, I surmise you meet with them often. They may have many other qualities of character which are upstanding. If their behavior infringes on your or any other person's rights, such as their becoming so inebriated that they become disruptive, then this would certainly be cause for you to remove yourself from their presence. This setting could also provide you with an opportunity to share with them your view on alcohol as well as what the Quran does say about intoxicants, which is namely that in them their is more harm than good:

Excerpt from 2:219 They ask you (O Messenger) concerning alcohol, intoxicants, games of chance, gambling and money earned without labor. Say, “There is great detriment in these things as well as some benefits for mankind. But the detriment of them is much greater than the benefit of them. They drag down the individual and collective social potential.”

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Salaam and thank you.

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