Is Alcohol Forbidden?

Question

Is alcohol forbidden? Please elaborate.

There are doubts about the prohibition of alcohol.


Answer

I do not understand the reason about the doubts. Alcohol is one of the worst evils. It totally destroys the drinker's capacity of thought and intellect. It vilifies the mind. Therefore Allah, on the peoples' asking forbade it, denouncing it as a Satanic vile. This should remove any doubt about its prohibition. The term haraam has acquired a legal status in our society. Therefore, people deem a mention of it necessary while talking of something forbidden. Allah has strictly forbidden alcohol. The term "rijs min 'amal al-shaytan" establishes it without a doubt.

People might be confused in regards to the alcoholic content. They might consider it permissible as long as it does not intoxicate.

The principle for things forbidden is that they stand forbidden in the smallest quantity. It is only logical. The above argument is self deception. It destroys like the plague once it enters the household. Therefore the best remedy is to nip the evil in the bud. This was the basis of forbidding it in its mildest form. For example person requests to drive on the wrong side of the road, citing his ability to do so. This request would be invalid as it may precipitate an accident any time. Like wise alcohol consumption even in small amounts, may lead to alcoholism. Therefore the best thing would be to avoid it at all costs.

This question was answered by Mr Ghamidi in Deen-o-Danish, an online TV session hosted by Dr Muneer Ahmad aired on Dunay TV. The text has been rendered into English by Mr Dhu al-Nurain.

About the Author

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi


Javed Ahmad Ghamidi was born in 1951 in a village of Sahiwal, a district of the Punjab province. After matriculating from a local school, he came to Lahore in 1967 where he is settled eversince. He did his BA honours (part I) in English Literature and Philosophy from the Government College, Lahore in 1972 and studied Islamic disciplines in the traditional manner from various teachers and scholars throughout his early years. In 1973, he came under the tutelage of Amin Ahsan Islahi (d. 1997) (http://www.amin-ahsan-islahi.com), who was destined to who have a deep impact on him. He was also associated with the famous scholar and revivalist Abu al-A‘la Mawdudi (d. 1979) for several years. He taught Islamic studies at the Civil Services Academy for more than a decade from 1979 to 1991.

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