The Adab of the Tavern

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Muhammad Harun Riedinger (q.s.) wrote:

 “When at the tavern of the lovers,
The bartender pours out his wine for you
Without a measure and without a charge,
Do you then make it a condition
To know who was the craftsman
That made the jug, from which your drink is poured,
Or know, whose feet they were
That did the treading of the grapes?
And if you knew all that,
Would it have any bearing
On the virtue of your drunkenness?
If that’s the case, you might be better off,
Buying your booze at the department store;
And just make sure
The bar-code is in its proper place,
And all the product information is complete;
And just make sure it says somewhere
‘Satisfaction guaranteed.’”


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