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Passion Islam I August 2008 SPECIAL FEATURE I 23
was taken to prevent the consumption of and falsely inform the inhabitants of that
alcohol, by the revelation of the following place that he had raped her. The man
verse: “O Believers’ do not approach upon pondering decided to consume the
Salâh while intoxicated.” alcohol, taking it to be least harmful of
(Surah Nisaa) the three sins. Upon the consumption of
This verse now declared alcohol Haraam alcohol, he became intoxicated, and then
in clear-cut terms but the consumption consequently, he killed the child and also
was for the duration of Salâh times, and committed adultery with the woman.
at other periods it was still permissible. In one Hadith, Rasulullah has said that
With this second warning many more of Imâm and alcohol cannot gather (are not
the Sahâbâhs refrained completely from compatible) with a person
drinking Alcohol, reasoning that what good (Nasai)
can there be in something that deprives
one from Salâh. THE BENEFITS AND HARMS
There were others however, who drank OF ALCOHOL
liquor during the intervening periods of People generally are quite
salâh until the following incident took well acquainted with what
place: Uthmaan Ibn Maalik invited a few benefits are attributed
Sahâbâhs for a meal. After the meal, to alcohol, for instance
as was customary liquor was served. enjoyment of temporary
Thereafter, they became involved in happiness, strength increase
another Arab custom, reciting poetry of a short time, colour
praising oneself, family and clan and becomes clearer, initially (as
simultaneously teasing and belittling to some medical claim).
others who didn’t belong to that group. Compared to the few limited
During this gathering, Hazrat Saad Ibn Abi benefits of alcohol its risks and harms
Waqqas recited a few lines of poetry in are so varied that, perhaps so many
which he criticized and belittled the Ansars disadvantages may not be present in
of Madinah. Hearing this, an Ansari youth any other thing.
became enraged and threw a bone at 1. Through alcohol, the stomach
him, which inflicted a severe wound on gradually loses its ability to function
drinking Alcohol, reasoning that what good
the head of Saad Ibn Waqqas . properly.
can there be in something that deprives
He then complained against the youngster 2. Causes loss of appetite.
one from Salâh.
to Rasulullah , after which he made dua’a 3. It spoils ones facial features
There were others however, who drank
to Allah: (Appearance)
liquor during the intervening periods of
“O Allah! Grant us a clear cut for 4. Makes one age quicker.
salâh until the following incident took
regarding alcohol.” 5. Weakens and reduces the ability to
place: Uthmaan Ibn Maalik invited a few
In response to this the 3rd and 4th verses think and speak properly.
Sahâbâhs for a meal. After the meal,
concerning the complete prohibition of 6. Causes heart failure
as was customary liquor was served.
alcohol, were revealed as part of Surah 7. The progeny of alcohol are weaker.
Thereafter, they became involved in
Ma’idah: 8. Creates fights and enmity between
another Arab custom, reciting poetry
“O you who believe! Intoxicants, people
praising oneself, family and clan and
gambling, idolatry and arrows (for seeking 9. Leads towards grave sins, often
simultaneously teasing and belittling
help on decision) one an abomination of adultery and murder are the direct results
others who didn’t belong to that group.
order that you may be successful. of drinking.
During this gathering, Hazrat Saad Ibn Abi
Shaytan seeks only to cast amongst you 10. Thousands of pounds are wasted in
Waqqas recited a few lines of poetry in
enmity and hatred by means of strong this vice
which he criticized and belittled the Ansars
drink and gambling, and hinder you from
of Madinah. Hearing this, an Ansari youth
the remembrance of Allah and from his PREVENTING ALCOHOL
became enraged and threw a bone at
worship, will you then not refrain? ” Dr M Robertson states, “If half the pubs
him, which inflicted a severe wound on
(Surah Ma’idah 90)Allah in his wisdom, and bottle stores were closed, I guarantee
the head of Saad Ibn Waqqas .
firstly disclosed the evils in alcohol, then that half the hospitals and jails will remain
He then complained against the youngster
prohibited it at Salâh times and finally closed.”
to Rasulullah , after which he made dua’a
declared it absolutely HARAAM. Those who have stopped repented
to Allah:
sincerely have not failed to arrive to the
“O Allah! Grant us a clear cut for
ALCOHOL THE MOTHER OF ALL SINS conclusion that alcohol is the mother of
regarding alcohol.”
Just as there lies great wisdom in the all evils, a deadly poison from which one
In response to this the 3rd and 4th verses
gradual revelation of laws prohibiting must abstain.
concerning the complete prohibition of
alcohol, there is also wisdom in the strait May Almighty Allah save the Ummah,
alcohol, were revealed as part of Surah
enforcement of severe punishment for especially the youth from this sin and
Ma’idah:
drinking alcohol. Therefore, the Prophet everything, which calls upon His wrath.
“O you who believe! Intoxicants,
referred to alcohol as the mother of sins performed. The Imâm who was also drunk
gambling, idolatry and arrows (for seeking
because after consuming it, man can made an error in his recitation of Surah
help on decision) one an abomination of
indulge in other major sins. Kafiroon. Upon this, the second step
order that you may be successful.
Once a pious man met a woman, who was taken to prevent the consumption of
Shaytan seeks only to cast amongst you
invited him towards committing a sin alcohol, by the revelation of the following
enmity and hatred by means of strong
(adultery). The man flatly refused. After verse: “O Believers’ do not approach
drink and gambling, and hinder you from
her constant insisting, she still failed. Salâh while intoxicated.”
the remembrance of Allah and from his
Thereafter, she gave him a choice of (Surah Nisaa)
worship, will you then not refrain? ”
options, 1. Committing adultery with her This verse now declared alcohol Haraam
(Surah Ma’idah 90)Allah in his wisdom,
or 2. To murder her newly born child, in clear-cut terms but the consumption
firstly disclosed the evils in alcohol, then
whom had she begot from her previous was for the duration of Salâh times, and
prohibited it at Salâh times and finally
husband. Or 3. To consume some alcohol at other periods it was still permissible.
declared it absolutely HARAAM.
which she possessed. If he were not With this second warning many more of
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