Dangers of alcohol
“Truly, Allah has cursed khamr or drug, the one who produces it, the one for whom it is made, the one who consumes it, and the one who serves it, the one who carries it, the one for whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one who earns from the sale of it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought.”
(Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
Dear brothers and sisters,
Our Prophet prohibited alcohol in strong words. Islam views drugs and alcohol in the category of prohibited and forbidden. Any amount of drugs or alcohol is forbidden to use. Taking even a little wine for social drinking is totally prohibited. Once developed, the habit of drinking in small amounts soon develops into an addiction. Any drink, drug, powder, or substance that intoxicates is forbidden. Allah’s Prophet said, “Every intoxicant is khamr, and every khamr is forbidden.” (Saheeh Muslim). He also said, ‘What intoxicates in a large quantity is forbidden even in a small quantity.’ (Abu Dawood and Tirmidhi). What this means is that a sip of any alcoholic drink or a small quantity of a drug is also forbidden.
The Arabs before Islam were fond of alcohol and drinking parties. They had one hundred names for alcohol in their language. To eradicate this evil, Allah adopted a step-wise approach to prohibit it. In the first stage, Allah expressed disapproval of drinking and gambling (Surah al-Baqarah 2:219). The second phase forbade people from praying in state of drunkenness (Surah an-Nisa 4:43). In the third and final phase, the prohibition was absolute (Surah al-Maidah 5:90-91). When these verses were revealed to the Prophet, an announcement was made that those who have alcohol were forbidden to drink or sell it. All stocks were ordered to be destroyed. Thereafter, alcohol was drained in the streets of the city of Madina. One person asked if alcohol can be used as medicine. The Prophet said, “It is not a medicine, it is a disease.” So as a Muslim we have to stay away from any kind of alcohol.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey