Friday, 16 September 2022

Is Alcohol Haram and Why?

A drink that contains ethanol, a form of alcohol that functions as a narcotic and is made by fermenting grains, fruits, or other sources of sugar, is referred to as an alcoholic beverage. Drinking, or the use of alcoholic beverages, is a social activity that is significant in many cultures. The manufacturing, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages are often governed by regulations.


Is Alcohol Haram?


Alcohol is haram (forbidden) because it is intoxicating and contains a substance that causes people to go insane. Allah forbids everything that is harmful to the body and mind.


Quran Verse on Alcohol


يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَقْرَبُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَأَنتُمْ سُكَـٰرَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَعْلَمُوا۟ مَا تَقُولُونَ وَلَا جُنُبًا إِلَّا عَابِرِى سَبِيلٍ حَتَّىٰ تَغْتَسِلُوا۟ ۚ وَإِن كُنتُم مَّرْضَىٰٓ أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ أَوْ جَآءَ أَحَدٌ مِّنكُم مِّنَ ٱلْغَآئِطِ أَوْ لَـٰمَسْتُمُ ٱلنِّسَآءَ فَلَمْ تَجِدُوا۟ مَآءً فَتَيَمَّمُوا۟ صَعِيدًا طَيِّبًا فَٱمْسَحُوا۟ بِوُجُوهِكُمْ وَأَيْدِيكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَفُوًّا غَفُورًا


O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you know what you are saying or in a state of janabah, except those passing through [a place of prayer], until you have washed [your whole body]. And if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and find no water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it]. Indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Forgiving.

{Qur'an 4:43}


Hadiths on Drinking Alcohol


(481) Narrated Ibn 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever drinks alcoholic drinks in the world and does not repent (before dying), will be deprived of it in the Hereafter."

{Sahih Bukhari}


(487) Narrated Ibn 'Umar: 'Umar stood up on the pulpit and said, "Now then, prohibition of alcoholic drinks have been revealed, and these drinks are prepared from five things, i.e.. grapes, dates, honey, wheat or barley And an alcoholic drink is that, that disturbs the mind.

{Sahih Bukhari}



Can I Take Alcohol for Medicine?


No. It is forbidden to take alcohol as a form of medicine.


Wa'il al-Hadrami reported that Tariq b. Suwaid a-Ju'fi asked Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) about liquor. He forbade (its use) and he expressed hatred that it should be prepared. He (Tariq) said: I prepare it as a medicine, whereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: It is no medicine, but an ailment.

(Sahih Bukhari)


Medical Effect of Alcohol


According to WHO (World Health Organization):


Alcohol consumption causes 3 million deaths worldwide each year, as well as disabilities and poor health for millions of people. Overall, harmful alcohol use accounts for 5.1% of the global burden of disease.


Alcohol abuse accounts for 7.1% and 2.2% of the global disease burden in males and females, respectively. Alcohol is the leading cause of premature death and disability among people aged 15 to 49 years old, accounting for 10% of all deaths in this age group. Alcohol-related death and hospitalization are more common in disadvantaged and especially vulnerable populations.




Islamqa,,, WHO

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