Touching Glasses and Saying “Cheers”

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


There is a custom where people clink glasses and say cheers. I have read that the origin may be to either get rid of evil spirits or, from the Greeks as an offering to the God of wine. By doing such a thing, is it kufr? Sometimes I am in a position where people are doing this, and I join in. I am very scared, but at the same time, I don’t think people hold this belief anymore. Is this an act of kufr or shirk?


I pray you are well.

This is not an act of kufr or shirk. You don’t need to worry about that. However, the action is impermissible to do – even with glasses of water – because it is an imitation of a practice of the people of fisq (immorality). You should repent from it and discontinue it. (Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha)

Ask Allah for forgiveness and you’ll find Him to be forgiving.

May Allah allow us to avoid the actions He dislikes.
[Shaykh]Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.