Dangerous Life Styles: Alcoholic Beverages: The mother of all evils No other substance Has caused nearly the amount of death, chaos crime, and pain like alcohol. Alcohol is an intoxicant substance that functions like a poison to the human body and mind. It is also an addictive and destructive lifestyle to every human society. Intoxicant drink or substance is called in Arabic “Khamr.” During the early days of Islam, drinking alcohol was very common. In the beginning, alcohol was not haram, or prohibited for the early Muslims. Finally, Allah made it absolutely haram to all. It is now a major sin to drink, serve buy or sell alcoholic beverages and in toxicant substances. ” : رسول هللا صلى هللا عليه و سلم: عن عبدهللا بن عمررضي هللا عنه قال و من شرب الخمرفي الدنيا فمات وهو, كل مسكر خمرو كل خمر حرام )يدمنها لم يشربها في االخرة“ (رواه مسلم Abdullah ibn Omar narrated that Rasoolullah said: Every intoxicant is Khamr and every Khamr is Haram. And whoever drinks Khamr in this life and dies while he is addicted to it will never drink it in the hereafter. “Muhammad, can you please go get the mail,” the mother requested. “just a minute Mama, I’m almost finished with level.” Muhammad replied as he was playing his video game. “Muhammad, please go now, before it gets too dark!!” “okay, I’m going.” Muhammad walked out the door towards the mailbox, when he saw a car speeding in all directions. Muhammad stopped from fear and watched as the car hit his mailbox. “oh?? Are you okay?? Muhammad’s mom went over to him and gave him a hug. “I’m fine, Alhamdulillah. I’m afraid that car will hit someone mama, it was driving really fast and goiing in weird directions.” “Do you want to report It? Do you remember how the car looked like?” “It was a small blue car”. Muhammad’s mother went to another room to get the phone. She called the police station and told them about the small blue car. The operator thanked Muhammad’s mom. Later in the evening Muhammad was watching the TV. Suddenly, he saw something shocking.He immediately called hi mother, Mama look! That’s the car that almost hit our mailbox!” “Oh, ya Allah, he hit a tree?” “yes, the driver was taken to the hospital… they are saying he was a drunk driver. What does that mean? That means he drank a lot of alcohol and became drunk.” “Oh, drinking alcohol makes you drive like that?” “yes, it makes the mind unsteady” “Then why would anyone want to drink alcohol?” “I am not sure, but Allah, the AllWise, forbade his believers to drink alcohol.” “Exactly, Alhamdulillah that we are Muslims.” “Alhamdulillah” Why Do People Drink Alcohol? Some say that it helps them to relax ,others use it to celebrate and many drink it to become unconscious and run away from their problems.There are many reasons people make up to drink.But alcohol is dangerous, and there is no good enough reason to drink it. Drinking alcohol makes people lose their common sense and spoil their minds.Alcohol can make you dizzy.Large amounts can blur your vision and make you lose your balance. Too much alcohol can even cause death. Alcohol has caused many problems like: (1)Drinkers have lost their jobs and their families. (2)Most traffic accidents are caused by people. who drive under the influence of alcohol. (3)In fact,alcohol is the number one reason for fatal accidents on America’s highways. Drinking Alcohol Is Haram Alcohol is a chemical that has some benefits but causes great harms.Alcohol is widely used in hospitals,clinics and homes to clean wounds and to fight bacteria.However,Alcohol is still a dangerous substance if it is consumed as a drink or used with food. Alcohol is sometimes referred to as a drug because of its harmful effect on the human body, mind and society. Alcoholic drinks can be produced from anything: Fruits, flowers, rice, honey, palm, and even barley. The ancient Arabs during the time of Jahiliyyah(Before Islam), used to make alcoholic drinks from dates and grapes.Allh says in Al-Qur,an: َِّخ ُذو َن ِمْنه س َكرا وِِرًْا ََنا ۗ إِ َّن ِِف ََٰذل ِ اب تَت ِ ِ ِ ِ ََعن ك ََليَةً لَِق ْو ٍم يَ ْْ ِقُو َن ًَ َ ْ َ ً َ ُ َ ْ َوم ْن ََثََرات النَّخ ِيل َو ْاْل 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. Common modern alcoholic drinks such as Champagne and wine use grapes. Nevertheless, whatever fruit or food used to produce such drinks, alcohol is Haram. Some intoxicant drinks have only small amounts of alcohol and people who drink it do not usually get drunk unless they consume a large amount of .Beer is a clear example of this type of alcoholic drink which is also prohibited in Islam. HADEETH SHAREEF : قال رسول هللا صلى هللا عليه وسلم: عن جابر بن عبدهللا رضي هللا عنه قال “”ماأسكركثيره فقليله حرام Jabir ibn Abdullah narrated that Rasoolullah said: “If a large amount of substance causes intoxication, then even a small amount is forbidden.” The above Hadeeth means that a Muslim is prohibited to drink even a small amount of alcohol. Therefore, drinking a can of beer or even one sip of it is totally prohibited in Islam. Allah also warns us to stay away from dealing with intoxicant in any shape or form. For example, it is Haram to serve, sell, buy, trade, and/ or produce wine, beer, or any other alcoholic beverages. Even if you did nod drink from it, it is still haram to serve or make such substances. This shows that Allah really wants His believers to stay away from alcohol as much as possible. قال رسول هللا صلي هللا عليه: عن عبدهللا بن عمر رضي هللا عنه قال ”لعن هللا الخمر وشاربها وساقيها وبائعها ومبتاعها وحاملها:وسلم “والمحمولة اليه Abdullah ibn Omar narrated that Rasoolullah said: “Allah cursed win and whoever drinks, serves, sells, buys, produces, deliver or receives it.” HOW ALCOHOL BECAME HARAM During the early days of Islam, drinking alcohol was very common. In the beginning, alcohol was not haram for the early Muslims. However Prophet Muhammad always stayed away from it. He never drank khamr in his life. One day a group of Sahabah brought up the evils of alcohol to Prophet Muhammad. Then Allah revealed the following verse: ْاس َوإِ ْث ُم ُه َما أَ ْك َب ُر ِمن َ َيسْ أَلُو َن ِ ك َع ِن ْال َخ ْم ِر َو ْال َمي ِْس ِر ۖ قُ ْل ِف ِ يه َما إِ ْثم َك ِبير َو َم َنا ِف ُع لِل َّن َن ْف ِع ِه َما They ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: "In them is a great sin, and (some) benefit, the sin of them is greater than their benefit.” The above verse was the first verse in a series of verses leading to the absolute prohibition of alcohol. This verse presents an advice for the early Muslims. Allah is telling the Muslims that because there is more harm than good in alcohol, they should stay away from it. Since it did not prohibit alcohol completely, some Muslims continued to drink it. Shortly afterwards, one incident changed the situation. One day, Abdul Rahman ibn Awf invited some Sahabah for a gathering and alcoholic drinks were served. Soon, it was Maghrib time and the Sahabah wanted to perform the Salah.Most of these Muslims were drunk, including the imam. While the imam was leading the salah, he made several errors in his recitation of Sura-ul-Kafiroon. After this incident, Allah revealed in the Quran: ون َ ُارٰ َح َّتى َتعْ لَمُوا َما َتقُول َ ين آ َم ُنوا َال َت ْق َربُوا الص َََّل َة َوأَ ْن ُت ْم ُس َك َ َيا أَ ُّي َها الَّ ِذ O you who believe! Approach not As¬Salât (the prayer) when you are in a drunken state until you know (the meaning) of what you utter. This verse tells the Muslims that it is now haram for them to drink alcohol when it is nearing the salah time. Still, it did not prohibit alcohol completely. Some Muslims continued to drink. Another incident occurred that brought an end to drinking alcohol completely. Uthman ibn Malik invited some companions for a meal. After the meal, alcohol was served. The Muslims were drunk. They began singing and reciting poetry loudly. They sang about themselves and about their tribes. As they became excited they teased and insulted Muslims who were not part of their tribe. Uthman ibn Malik insulted particularly the Muslim Ansars in Madinah with his singing. There was a young Ansari in the group who got very angry when he heard this. The young Ansari threw a bone at Uthman ibn Malik and injured his head. The next day, Uthman ibn Malik went to the Prophet complaining to him about what happened the night before. Prophet Muhammad made du’aa’: “Oh Allah! Grant us clear guidance regarding alcohol.” In response, Allah revealed in the Qur’an the following verses: صابُ َو ْاْلَ ْز َال ُم ِرجْ س ِمنْ َع َم ِل َ ين آ َم ُنوا إِ َّن َما ْال َخ ْم ُر َو ْال َمي ِْس ُر َو ْاْلَ ْن َ َيا أَ ُّي َها الَّ ِذ َ ال َّشي ُون َ ان َفاجْ َت ِنبُوهُ لَ َعلَّ ُك ْم ُت ْفلِح ِ ْط َ إِ َّن َما ي ُِري ُد ال َّشي ضا َء فِي ْال َخم ِْر َو ْال َمي ِْس ِر َ ْطانُ أَنْ يُوقِ َع َب ْي َن ُك ُم ْال َعدَ َاو َة َو ْال َب ْغ ُ َو َي ُون َ هللا َو َع ِن الص َََّل ِة ۖ َف َه ْل أَ ْن ُت ْم ُم ْن َته ِ َّ ص َّد ُك ْم َعنْ ِذ ْك ِر O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, and Al-Ansâb, and Al¬Azlâm (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitân's (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful. Shaitân (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allâh and from As-Salât (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain? As you learned earlier, Allah first declared that alcohol has mire harm than good. This made some Muslims stop drinking alcohol . Then Allah prohibited alcohol during Salah times. This caused more Muslims to stop drinking. Finally, Allah made it absolutely haram, or forbidden. It is now a major sin to drink or deal with alcohol. When a person drinks, they have allowed Satan to do his dirty work. Satan enjoys seeing Muslims forgetting about Salah, and not remembering Allah. It is very important to stay away from alcohol. A Muslim who drinks alcohol Is very sinful. The Prophet Muhammad said: : عن عبدهللا بن عمر رضي هللا عنه قال قال رسول هللا صلي هللا عليه وسلم “. فان تاب تاب هللا عليه,”من شرب الخمر لم تقبل له صَلة أر بعين ليلة Abdullah ibn Omar R narrated that Rasoolullah said: “ If anyone drinks any alcoholic drinks, God will not accept his prayer for forty days, but if he repents Allah will accept his repentance.” (reported by Ahmad and ibn Majah ) ALCOHOL IS THE MOTHER OF ALL EVILS The Prophet Muhammad referred to alcohol as the ‘mother of all sins. : قال رسول هللا صلي هللا عليه وسلم: عن عثمان بن عفان رضي هللا عنه قال )”اجتنبوا الخمر فانهاأم الخبائث“ (رواه النسائي Othman narrated that Rasoolullah (P) once said: “Avoid drinking wine for it is the mother of all sins.” This is because after drinking alcohol, the mind is not steady. The mind becomes blurry and a person cannot think clearly. This may cause the person to commit other sins without realizing it. For example, one day a pious man forced to drink. He eventually got drunk. The next day, he found out that after he got drunk, he had committed murder and adultery. The alcohol caused him to commit 2 other major sins without realizing it. Indeed, alcohol is the ‘mother of all sins’. Every day police investigators in America and around the world encounter many crimes that were committed under the influence of alcohol. THE HARMS OF ALCOHOL 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Through alcohol, the stomach gradually loses its ability to function properly. Causes loss of appetite Makes one age quicker. Weakens and reduces the ability to think and speak properly. Cause heart failure . Creates fight and tension between people. Leads toward great sins, such as adultery and murder. Waste money. Cause liver damage. Alcohol causes road accidents and innocents lives lost. CONCLUSION Alcohol has caused the great amount of death, chaos, crime, and pain. Alcohol is like a poison to the human body and mind. It also a poison to society. Alcohol is also dangerous because it is a addictive. One a person begins to drink alcohol, it is very hard to stop. Allah warns us to stay away from alcohol and places that serve it. Allah gives us such instructions because He is All-Knowing. Everything in Islam has a good reasons we know, and others we don’t. Allah knows what we don’t know. STUDY QUESTIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Write an essay of the medical harms of drinking alcohol. Compare and contrast between behavior of someone getting drunk and being really angry. “Khamr and crimes are friends.”Explain this statement and prove your points. What is the Islamic ruling on al-khamr? Describe how Allah gradually prohibited drinking wine? Determine if the following statements are true or false: Khamr may be halah if someone drinks only a liitle bet. Drinking khamr is absolutely haram weather the drinker become drunk or not. 9. It took a while before Allah prohibited drinking wine.a 10. Write three reasons for the prohibition of alcoholik 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. drinks in Islam. Who said that “Khamr is the mother of all sins? Explain why he thought so. Prophet Muhammad cursed sisx types of people deal with khamr; who are they ? How would Allah punish the person who drinks wine in this life. Support your answer with a hadeeth. Describe one type of punishment awaiting Alcohol drinkers in the Hereater. Support your anser with a hadeeth. What are some social harms of drinking alcohol. In Surat Al-Maidah, Allah mentioned that Shytan makes people do three wrong behaviors after drinking Alcohol. What are those wrong actions?