Did anyone go through the blog of Shariq Hamid, the writer mentioned in the above post? (shariqhomileticsDOTblogspotDOTcom)
I was shocked to find that this guy is twisting the meaning of the Qur’an to convey that alcohol is not forbidden in the Qur’an! Let me quote a passage from his blog below:
“Wine/alcohol being haram is based entirely on Hadith, the glorious Quran nowhere uses the word “haram” for it but there are innumerable Ahadith which stress upon the prohibition by explicitly using the word “haram”. 02:219 talks of “some benefits” and “how much to spend on it”, 04:43 permits moderate drinking by admonishing not to be over-drunk while offering salat, so as not to deliver the words properly, 05:90-91 again advises those who drink too much to abstain from it (excessive drinking), if they fight or not in a position to offer salat”
In his unabashed pomposity, Hamid conveniently ignores the unambiguousness in 5:90:
QXP: O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Intoxicants and gambling and games of chance, sacrificing animals on stones (altars of idols) and forecasting the future by such means as arrows, raffles and omens (all) is an immoral handiwork of Satan. Refrain from it that you may prosper.
I would like to take this opportunity to advise readers to be wary of such pretentious wannabe experts as Shariq Hamid, who in their zealousness to prove their point, can pick up a verse and twist it totally out of context. Ostensibly, Hamid enjoys his drink; if that is not shameful enough, see his callousness in using the Qur’an to justify his devilry! I suspect that there are lots of such arm chair scholars floating around on the web, and there just might be some gullible people who are more than ready to believe such inane justifications to satisfy their desires.
Can’t help but quote a line from a Don Henley song that perfectly portrays my above point: “Arm chair warriors often fail/And we’ve been poisoned by these fairytales/ Offer up your best defense/But this is the End of the Innocence.”
Perhaps it’s not fair to compare a writer of the standards of Dr. Qamar Zaman (a bona fide thinker who presents his detailed analyses in presentable, fluid prose) with the likes of Shariq Hamid. But, I must be straightforward here and say that much of what Dr. Zaman says in “Haqeeqat e Saum” seems perilously close to Hamid’s method: conveniently ignoring very direct and unambiguous verses in order to justify one’s alternate line of thinking.