Question: A man has a mini-store, which some of his income is from selling alcoholic beverages, and he is wondering if he could send his mother to do `Umrah from the income of that store? Please keep in mind that the store was purchased by taking an interest-bearing loan and has not yet been paid off.

Answer: It is not permissible for him to spend on himself, his wife, his children, and it is not permissible for him to spend on his mother regarding Umrah from these unlawful earnings. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم taught us that Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is pure and He does not accept except that which is pure.[1] He صلى الله عليه و سلم mentioned a man who had traveled for a long time, he is dusty and his hair is unkempt and his food is haraam, his drink is haraam and his clothing is haraam and he is saying "Yaa Rabb, Yaa Rabb" (My Lord, My Lord) - How, the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, can he be answered?[2]

So, it is not lawful for him from the principles of Islaamic business transactions, to incur these types of unlawful transactions, for example Ribaa (Interest) and selling alcoholic beverages. This is so because the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم cursed with respect to alcoholic beverages, ten individuals, amongst them is the one who receives some time of monetary benefit from selling those items.[3]

From another perspective this is an act of disobedience from him towards his mother - to treat her in this manner.

Answered by: Shaykh Abdullaah Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Ghudayyaan

Title of Lecture: The Four Principles by Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab

Date of the Lecture: May 6, 2006

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[1] Reported as part of a longer hadeeth. Shaikh al-Albaanee رحمه الله says Hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami' (#2744).

[2] Reported in Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab az-Zakaat (#1015).

[3] Reported by Ibn Majaah and at-Tirmidhee, Shaikh al-Albaanee رحمه الله says Saheeh in Sunan Ibn Majaah 2/1122 (#3381) and Saheeh/Hasan in Jaami' at-Tirmidhee 3/589 (#1295).