Praise be to Allaah.
Drugs are regarded as being among the most dangerous things
that those who follow haraam desires can consume, because of the various
diseases that may result from them, in addition to what they lead to of
promiscuity, moral corruption, spread of immorality and crimes in society.
Moreover, the spread of drugs in non-Muslim societies leads to drugs of
various types being spread by bad and corrupt people to Muslim countries,
which leads to chronic problems, whether in the form of spiritual or
physical diseases. So this evil must be prevented and fought by all means.
Claims of necessity in such cases should be paid no heed.
Rather if a Muslim has no other choice, it is permissible for him to eat
dead meat, but it is not permissible for him to sell drugs. There is no real
case of necessity that makes it permissible for a Muslim to sell drugs. The
questioner’s saying “if that is the only way to keep alive” is clearly an
If he plants drug-producing plants in the ground to sell them
and deal in them, he could just as well plant permissible plants, and eat
from them and sell the surplus harvest.
Granting concessions in such cases opens the door to a great
deal of evil and promotes the spread of this corruption.
Abu Dawood (3488) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be
pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: “When Allaah forbids the consumption of a thing to some
people He also forbids its price to them.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (5107).
Muslim (1579) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The One Who
has forbidden drinking it has also forbidden selling it.”
And it was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah
be pleased with him) that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, during the year of the Conquest when
he was in Makkah: “Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden the sale of
alcohol, dead meat, pork and idols.” Agreed upon.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (may Allaah have mercy on him)
Whatever Allaah has forbidden the use of, He also forbids
selling it and consuming its price, as is clearly stated in the report
quoted above: “When Allaah forbids a thing he also forbids its price.” These
words are general in meaning and comprehensive, and apply to everything the
use of which is haraam. End quote.
Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hukam
And Ibn Hazm (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
It is not permissible to sell alcohol, whether to a believer
or a disbeliever. End quote.
Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad al-Ma’aad (5/763):
If it is asked: Will you deem it permissible for a Muslim to
sell alcohol and pork to a dhimmi because the dhimmi believes them to be
permissible? The answer is: That is not permissible, and its price is
haraam. End quote.
Ibn Jizzi said:
It is not permissible for a Muslim to sell alcohol to a
Muslim or to a kaafir. End quote.
Al-Qawaaneen al-Fiqhiyyah (p.
Selling alcohol is invalid whether it is sold to a Muslim or
to a dhimmi, or one dhimmi sells it to another, or the Muslim delegates a
dhimmi to sell it for him. All of that is indubitably invalid, in our view.
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (13/49):
It is not permissible to deal in that which Allaah has
forbidden of food and other things, such as alcohol and pork, even with the
kaafirs, because it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “When Allaah forbids a thing, He forbids its
price. And because he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
cursed alcohol and the one who drinks it, the one who sells it, the one who
buys it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who
consumes its price, the one who presses it and the one for whom it is
pressed. End quote.
These are comments of the Muslim scholars concerning the
prohibition on selling alcohol, even if it is sold to non-Muslims, based on
the evidence of the proven ahaadeeth from the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning that.
And Allaah knows best.