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 Alcholic Drinks

The liquor is called khamr, the verb form  of which is khamara, which means: he covered, hid or concealed.  Since liquor beclouds the intellect and obscures the moral sensibilities of a man, it is therefore, called khamr. The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has laid down the principle:

"The small quantity of that, the large quantity of which intoxicates, is also forbidden." Muslim

It is a well-known fact that alcoholic drink causes intoxication. And when a man is intoxicated, his mind, body, health, religion, moral sense, divine spirit, refined behaviour, family life, business undertakings, social contacts are all at stake.

 A researcher in this area has rightly stated that:

 

"Mankind has not suffered any greater calamity than that brought about by the use of alcohol. If statistics were collected worldwide of all the patients in hospitals who, due to alcohol, are suffering from mental disorders, delirium tremens, nervous break-down, and ailments of the digestive tract, to which are added the statistics of suicides, homicides, bankruptcies, sales of properties, and broken homes related to the consumption of alcohol, the number of such cases would be so staggering that, in comparison to it, all exhortation and preaching against drinking would seem too little." The lawful and the Prohibited in Islam—Yusuf  Al-Qaradawi p.70. Hindustan Publications, Dehli.

 

The Arabs of the Age of Ignorance was so fond of wine that their language and literature are replete with wine and drinking parties. Allah, the Almighty wanted to uproot this evil but gradually through education and training. They were convinced to the depth of their hearts that it has more harm than benefit. At a later stage they were asked not to say prayer while intoxicated. And finally, it was totally prohibited. Allah the Almighty enjoined in the Holy Qur`an in the most decisive way:

 

"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 ye may prosper.

 

Saran`s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: Will ye not then abstain?" Q. 5: 90:91

 

How the Muslims desisted from those evils can be well imagined by the fact that when this verse were revealed and an announcer made an announcement about the prohibition of wine, those who were about to drink, split it. Every jar of wine in a Muslim house was emptied and in most of the cases even the utensils in which wine was prepared and served were broken.

 

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