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Re: Shariq Hamid and Alcohol/Wannabes/Dr. Qamar Za
By:Muhammed Irtaza
Date: Sunday, 6 September 2009, 1:37 am

Salamun Alykum.

The Quranic ruling is precise and simple. It is the "intoxication" we need to avoid. If any drink or food does not have "intoxication" effect on us, it is not a bad provision. If the cigarette smoking does not have "intoxication" effect on us, it is not a bad provision.

There are various factors such as weight, type of drink, type of smoking, food consumption, etc that determine the level of "intoxication" .

When people are intoxicated, they do not know what they are saying. The Quran precisely defines the "intoxication" :

[4:43] O you who believe, do not observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) while intoxicated, so that you know what you are saying. Nor after sexual orgasm without bathing, unless you are on the road, traveling; if you are ill or traveling, or you had urinary or fecal-related excretion (such as gas), or contacted the women (sexually), and you cannot find water, you shall observe Tayammum (dry ablution) by touching clean dry soil, then wiping your faces and hands therewith. GOD is Pardoner, Forgiver.

Any food, drink or smoking which has mental blocking effect is a bad provision. For example, a piece of tobacco when chewed could have mental blocking effect on some people and according to the Quranic standard it could be a bad provision for him. Grape juice is a good provision. But, when this juice is processed and turned into a substance which can block our mind and prevent us from understanding, it becomes a bad provision.

[16:67] And from the fruits of date palms and grapes you produce intoxicants, as well as good provisions. This should be (sufficient) proof for people who understand.

Intoxicant is a bad provision. It is Satanic.

[2:219] They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, "In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit." They also ask you what to give to charity: say, "The excess." GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect,

[5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.

[5:91] The devil wants to provoke animosity and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?

Intoxicant is a bad provision. An example is given:

[22:2] The day you witness it, even a nursing mother will discard her infant, and a pregnant woman will abort her fetus. You will see the people staggering, as if they are intoxicated, even though they are not intoxicated. This is because GOD's retribution is so awesome.

Intoxication is Satanic and because of this, people in heaven will not experience it:

[37:41] They have deserved provisions that are reserved specifically for them.
[37:42] All kinds of fruits. They will be honored.
[37:43] In the gardens of bliss.
[37:44] On furnishings close to one another.
[37:45] Cups of pure drinks will be offered to them.
[37:46] Clear and delicious for the drinkers.
[37:47] Never polluted, and never exhausted.

[47:15] The allegory of Paradise that is promised for the righteous is this: it has rivers of unpolluted water, and rivers of fresh milk, and rivers of wine - delicious for the drinkers - and rivers of strained honey. They have all kinds of fruits therein, and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are they better) or those who abide forever in the hellfire, and drink hellish water that tears up their intestines?

The drinks available in the kingdom of Satan (earth) can have toxic effect. On the other hand the drinks available in the Kingdom of God (heaven) do not have toxic effect. So, we need to avoid drinking something which has toxic effect.

[5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.

Intoxicant is not a good provision as we understand from the following verse:

[16:67] And from the fruits of date palms and grapes you produce intoxicants, as well as good provisions. This should be (sufficient) proof for people who understand.

The following verse (2:219) explains why intoxicant is not a good provision.

[2:219] They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, "In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit." They also ask you what to give to charity: say, "The excess." GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect,

The above verse (2:219) states that there is a gross "sin" in intoxicant. The following verse (5:91) explains why there is a gross "sin" in consuming intoxicant:

[5:91] The devil wants to provoke animosity and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?

The above verse (5:91) states that the devil wants to distract us from observing the Contact Prayers with the help of intoxicant. The following verse (4:43) explains how intoxicant distracts us from observing the contact prayers.

[4:43] O you who believe, do not observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) while intoxicated, so that you know what you are saying. Nor after sexual orgasm without bathing, unless you are on the road, traveling; if you are ill or traveling, or you had urinary or fecal-related excretion (such as gas), or contacted the women (sexually), and you cannot find water, you shall observe Tayammum (dry ablution) by touching clean dry soil, then wiping your faces and hands therewith. GOD is Pardoner, Forgiver.

The following verse (5:90) explains us why do we need to avoid consuming intoxicant.

[5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.

Please note that the verses (5:90) and (5:91) above give us understanding that devil wants to use intoxicant as tool to misguide human beings. So, in the Quranic context consuming intoxicant harms us when we commit "sins". So, "sin" is the after effect of "harm". In the translation of verse 2:219 above, the word "harm" might be more appropriate than the word "sin", since, the meaning of "harm" is the opposite of "benefit". The following translation of 2:219 by "Progressive Muslims" conveys this understanding.

"Progressive Muslims"
They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say: "In them is great harm, and a benefit for mankind; but their harm is greater than their benefit." And they ask you how much are they to give, say: "The excess." It is thus that God clarifies for you the revelations that you may think.

We can appreciate the wisdom of God when He uses the very straightforward verse and very strong word "prohibition" for certain foods but not for intoxicant. Undoubtedly, intoxicants have some benefits as we know from medical science. The Quran does not prohibit intoxicants. The Quran only discourages its consumption and the reasons are given clearly by God and His messenger.

[2:173] He only prohibits for you the eating of animals that die of themselves (without human interference) , blood, the meat of pigs, and animals dedicated to other than GOD. If one is forced (to eat these), without being malicious or deliberate, he incurs no sin. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[3:7] He sent down to you this scripture, containing straightforward verses - which constitute the essence of the scripture - as well as multiple-meaning or allegorical verses. Those who harbor doubts in their hearts will pursue the multiple-meaning verses to create confusion, and to extricate a certain meaning. None knows the true meaning thereof except GOD and those well founded in knowledge. They say, "We believe in this - all of it comes from our Lord." Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.

[5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.

[5:91] The devil wants to provoke animosity and hatred among you through intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?

Again, the Quranic ruling is precise and simple. It is the "intoxicant" we need to avoid. If a drink does not have "intoxication" effect on us, it is not a bad provision. There are various factors such as weight, type of drink, food consumption, etc that determine the level of "intoxication" .

Thank you and may God guide us,

Muhammed Irtaza

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