Staying in a hotel which serves alcohol when there is no alternative
Fatwa No: 94114

  • Fatwa Date:28-3-2007 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 10, 1428
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Question

salam alikoum wa rahemato lahe wa taala wa barakatoh i'm a married woman and my husband is from a far country and whenerver he came to visit me he plane land in a far city than where i live so we always spend the night or two night in a hotel but the problem is that this cvity is a tourstic place and all the hotel serve alchool and i tried to find a good hotel but nothing .my quetion is this haram and allah gonn ablame u ?and thank so much may allah reward you

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The jurists  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated that it is not permissible for a Muslim to attend a place where sin is being committed except for a sound reason, like forbidding the evil; this is in principle.

Shaykh Mustafa Ar-Ruhaybaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him from the Hanbali School of jurisprudence, when discussing the ruling of responding to an invitation for a Waleemah (i.e. a marriage banquet), said: If the invitee knows about the evil but he does not see it or hear it, then he is allowed to sit and eat as established in the School [Hanbali], because it is only forbidden to see or hear the evil.

Based on this, if you can be in a hotel where you cannot see any of the evil things taking place, like when there is no intoxicants in the room where you are, then it is permissible to go to this hotel.

If it is not possible to avoid seeing the evil in this hotel and you are in need to go to the hotel, then you are not sinful but you are required to leave it as soon as the necessity is achieved.

Allaah Knows best.

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