Quranic Ruling Regarding Inebriation

According to a verse in the Quran you should not come closer to the prayers in an intoxicant state. This implies that at the rest of the moments you can stay in such state. While as per other verse intoxicant is haram at all moments. Is this a contradiction?

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Job In Supermarket Where Alcohol Is Sold

I have a part time job in a supermarket. I have to put alcohol through the tills. I tell myself that I am not selling people alcohol because I am not making profit on it – I am just passing it through the tills. If the supervisor asks me to stock up the alcohol I refuse, saying that I am not willing to make it look tidy, make it more accessible and promote its sale. The first time I had to put a bottle through the till I went home and cried and went in the shower because I felt so dirty. My mum tells me I am being stupid but I don't want to go to hell. I only work there for eight hours a week but I need the money. But is it haraam money? What should I do? It gets more complicated because where I live we are the only Muslim family for miles, since I started working at the supermarket people have started to ask me questions, questions that they wouldn't otherwise have had anyone to pose to had I not been working there (they wouldn't come up to me and ask me in the street.) I am super super polite and I think they've learned a little about Muslims since meeting me - the questions just keep on coming! What should I do? Appreciate a prompt response as I want to do the right thing before I die...

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Is Alcohol Forbidden?

Is alcohol forbidden? Please elaborate.

There are doubts about the prohibition of alcohol.
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Alcohol As An Ingredient Of Perfume

Can we use perfumes in which alcohol is an ingredient especially while going to the mosque for prayer?

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Use Of Alcohol

Alcohol can be used as medicine. In case of insomnia (lack of sleep), doctors prescribe tablets which cause sleep. My questions in this regard follow:

1) Can alcohol be used for this purpose, when the patient needs sleep, otherwise he/she could become sick because of lack of sleep? Already it has been used nowadays in many cough syrup and it has this additional effect of sleep also? Can we use those syrups for sleep?
2) So can we use beer, or wine a little to get sleep, if we are having a problem in sleep and it is confirmed diagnosed by doctors?
3) Or simply because of mental tension, we could not sleep but a little wine can make us sleep? Would it be allowable?
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Is Alcohol Absolutely Haram?

In one of your responses you say that there was no need for the Qur’an to expressly declare alcohol haram. I understand the following verses do declare it haram. Please comment.

Say: the things that my Lord hath indeed forbidden are: shameful deeds, whether open or secret; (sins) and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partners to God, for which He hath given no authority; and saying things about God of which ye have no knowledge. (Q 7:33)
They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: "What is beyond your needs." Thus does God Make clear to you His Signs: In order that you may consider. (Q. 2.219)
As you see Allah has declared sin haram witch accurse in surah 7:33 and 2:219 in regards to alcohol.
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Wine Grape

I was studying Surah al-Nahl from Maulana Maududi’s commentary on the Qur’an. The interpretation of a verse in it by the Maulana does not convince me. Please comment.

Dr Mohsin has translated the verse as follows:
And from the fruits of date-palms and grapes, you derive strong drink and a goodly provision. Verily, therein is indeed a sign for people who have wisdom. (Q. 16:67)
Mr. M. M. Picthal translates the same verse as follows:
And of the fruits of the date-palm, and grapes, whence ye derive strong drink and (also) good nourishment. Lo! therein is indeed a portent for people who have sense. (Q. 16:67)
Maula Maududi however, renders it as follows:
And out of the fruits of date-palms and grapes you derive intoxicants as well as wholesome sustenance. Surely there is a sign for those who use reason.
Maulana Maududi explains that the juice of the fruits of date-palms and vines contains two things. One is that which is pure and wholesome food for man and the other is that which turns into alcohol after it becomes rotten. But it has been left to the choice of man to obtain pure healthy food from this providence or to drink it as intoxicant wine to excite him and make him lose his self-control. This also contains a hint as to the prohibition of wine. The lines preceding and following this verse are as follows so that we know what is the context and in what theme it fits into and what is conveyed here have the same undercurrent i.e. His blessings.
And Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, then He revives the earth therewith after its death. Verily, in this is a sign (clear proof) for people who listen (obey Allah). And verily! In the cattle, there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies, from between excretions and blood, pure milk; palatable to the drinkers. And from the fruits of date-palms and grapes, you derive strong drink and a goodly provision. Verily, therein is indeed a sign for people who have wisdom. And your Lord inspired the bees, saying: "Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. "Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)." There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think. And Allah has created you and then He will cause you to die, and of you there are some who are sent back to senility, so that they know nothing after having known (much). Truly! Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful. (Q. 16:65- 70)
So I understand that since this is a Makkan surah, it shows drinking was allowed at this time. The verse relating to prohibition of drinking was revealed in Medina. The latter verse repealed the previous injunction. But Maulana Maududi here appears to be trying to read in between the lines more than what is there to offer. Correct me if I am wrong. If I can recall the drinking was first discouraged and banned.
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Taking A Small Amount Of Alcohol

Does the Holy Qur’an specifically declare ‘alcohol’ or wine prohibited (haram)? Some people argue that it does not. Therefore, these people contend that a Muslim can consume alcohol as long as it does not cause a loss of sanity and he does not fall into the state of mindlessness. Please provide Qur’anic reference in support of your reply.

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A Prophetic Tradition About Music

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, that there will be a time in his Ummah when four things will be sought to become lawful including, fornication, silk, alcohol and the musical instruments. I don't recall the correct wording. Anyway, most of the people (scholars) quote this particular Ḥadīth in the argument that music is haraam, saying that since the phrase "musical instruments" has come along with the other three forbidden items, how could it be allowed. They also say that in the particular hadith, the wording is such that it says "people will seek to make lawful…." They say that one can seek to make lawful only that which is unlawful. I tend to agree with their reasoning. The only thing that is required is the actual context of this particular hadith. If you can give me the context of this particular Ḥadīth to mean that music is not haraam in generality, that would tremendously satisfy me

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دار الکفر میں الکوحل بیچنا

کیا دار الکفر میں alcohol بیچنا جائز ہے؟ ہم جانتے ہیں کہ غیر مسلم ممالک میں شراب وغیرہ پینا پلانا جائز ہے۔