Understanding Islam’s Take On Alcohol

As we all know alcohol is forbidden in Islam. Government is planning to open Wine shops at different locations in kashmir, we must oppose this move of government. Allah says in the Quran “O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al-Ansaab, and Al-Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful” [al-Maa’idah 5:90]

Alcohol is very harmful as it affects body and mind, by drinking alcohol ones mind becomes empty, it causes diseases, wastage of money, destroys individuals, families and societies. Research in the United Kingdom indicates that 6% of cancer deaths are related to alcohol abuse and Harvard Centre for Cancer Prevention says that drinking greatly increases the risk for numerous cancers. By drinking alcohol there is very risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, and breast cancers.

There is very hard punishment for those who drink alcohol,In Sunan al-Nasaa’i it is narrated that Ibn al-Daylami said to ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr, “O ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr, did you hear the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say anything about wine?” He said, “Yes, I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, ‘If any man from among my ummah drinks wine, Allaah will not accept his prayers for forty days.’” This was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilat al-Saheehah. Some of the scholars – such as Ibn Quddamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) and Shaykh al-Islam [Ibn Taymiyah] in al-Ikhtiyaaraat – think that giving more than forty lashes is left to the discretion of the Muslim leader.

So if he thinks that there is a need to give more than forty lashes, as happened at the time of ‘Umar, then he may make it eighty. There should be complete ban on alcohol worldwide, In Islam. selling , buying, serving alcohal is clearly forbidden. I will quote some hadiths by which it is clearly understood that there is complete prohibition on alcohol.

Muslim, Book 22, Hadith 4962, Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah A person came from Jayshan, a town of Yemen, and he asked Allah’s Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) about the wine which was drunk in their land and which was prepared from millet and was called Mizr. Allah’s Messenger (peace_be_upon_him) asked whether that was intoxicating. He said: Yes. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (peace_be_upon_him) said: Every intoxicant is forbidden. Verily Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, made a covenant to those who drank intoxicants to make them drink Tinat al-Khabal, They said: Allah’s Messenger, what is Tinat al-Khabal? He said: It is the sweat of the denizens of Hell or the discharge of the denizens of Hell. Abu Dawood, Book 26, Hadith 3672, Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Every intoxicant is khamr (wine) and every intoxicant is forbidden. If anyone drinks wine, Allah will not accept prayer from him for forty days, but if he repents, Allah will accept his repentance. If he repeats it a fourth time, it is binding on Allah that He will give him tinat al-khabal to drink. He was asked: What is tinat al-khabal, Apostle of Allah? He replied: Discharge of wounds, flowing from the inhabitants of Hell. If anyone serves it to a minor who does not distinguish between the lawful and the unlawful, it is binding on Allah that He will give him to drink the discharge of wounds, flowing from the inhabitants of Hell.

Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 81, Hadith 768, Narrated by Abu Salama Abu Huraira said, “A man who drank wine was brought to the Prophet. The Prophet said, ‘Beat him!” Abu Huraira added, “So some of us beat him with our hands, and some with their shoes, and some with their garments (by twisting it) like a lash, and then when we finished, someone said to him, ‘May Allah disgrace you!’ On that the Prophet said, ‘Do not say so, for you are helping Satan to overpower him.’ “

Muslim, Book 22, Hadith 4963, Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar Allah’s Messenger (peace_be_upon_him) said: Every intoxicant is Khamr and every intoxicant is forbidden. He who drinks wine in this world and dies while he is addicted to it, not having repented, will not be given a drink in the Hereafter.

The issue of alcohol has a 100% concensus amongst muslims, all scholars are of the view that alcohol is completely forbidden for Muslims. Oh Muslims say big NO to wine shops in Kashmir.


Raashid Ul Nabi Khan is a Law Graduate and Masters in political science. He can be reached at raashidulnabikha.dawah@gmail.com

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