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All intoxicating beverages are unlawful.

Published: 24/08/2011 12:39:00 PM GMT
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I am trying to convince my family of the seriousness of the sin of drinking. Could you please give me evidence that drinking is a serious sin?

Answered by

Sheikh Muhammad al-`Arûsi `Abd al-Qâdir, professor at Umm al-Qurâ University

All praise is due to Allah and may peace and blessing be upon our Prophet Muhammad.

Liquor (khamr) is defined in Islamic Law as any intoxicating drink that could affect the person’s mental coherence. It is forbidden by consensus of the Muslims. The evidence for its prohibition from the Qur’ân is Allah’s saying: “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, sacrificing to stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork: eschew such (abomination) that you may prosper.” [Sûrah al-Ma’idah: 91-92].

There are many authentic hadîth from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard. He said: “Every intoxicant is khamr and every form of khamr is unlawful”.

If a drink intoxicates if consumed in large quantities, then it is unlawful for a person to drink any amount of it, even if that person does not drink enough to feel the effects of intoxication. Our Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Every intoxicant is forbidden, and whatever intoxicates in large quantities, then a handful of it is unlawful.” [Musnad Ahmad (23843), Sunan Abî Dâwûd (3202) and Sunan al-Tirmidhî (1789)]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “In the way of wine, Allah has cursed it, the one who drinks it, the one who pours it for others to drink, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who presses it, the one for whom it is pressed, the one who carries it, and the one for whom it is carried.”

Liquor is known to be the master of every mischief. Its affliction is physical, moral and psychological.

And Allah knows best.

Souce: Islam Today

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