Do you think doing Alcohol is cool?
No to drugs alcohol and smoking is the Muslim way. The crisis of drug addiction has extended beyond the boundaries of all communities. It is important for all of us to educate ourselves about the dangers of drug, alcohol, and tobacco addictions. Most importantly, we should teach our children about the disastrous effects of these drugs on health and on social and economic conditions. Also, we need to watch out for the danger signs of addiction in our children. Certainly, our complaisance can fool us! Addiction can affect anyone in our close family or friends. This is to say, that we need to help each other before the disaster strikes. You will find Booklets, VDOs and free courses in the following link. So, please click: https://www.drugfreeworld.org/FURL/data/www.drugfreeworld.org/files/truth-about-cocaine-booklet-en.pdf
The thrill that brings misery
Addiction is a leading cause for physical and psychological disabilities caused by human behavior. The temporary pleasure from the intoxicants frequently turns into chronic addiction. This comes with accompanying social and personal misery. The Quranic term Khamr (Arabic: خم) means intoxicant. Traditional Islamic literature often use Khamr for alcohol. This is reasonable to include other addictive agents to the list, including all narcotic agents, cocaine, marijuana, amphetamine etc. Prophet (Peace be up on him) said: every intoxicant is khamr, and every khamr is forbidden.
The history of addiction
People from very early times in the history used intoxicants. During Babylonian era, the Babylonian worshipers used intoxicants as early as 2700BC. Also the Chinese around 7000 BC. and the ancient Egyptians used intoxicants.
This is clear and simple in Islam
The Quran has made it’s standing clear on the issues of alcohol and other intoxicants. The Quranic approach on these issues are deliberate. It also takes into account the human physiological effects of sudden withdrawal from these substances.
Medical science meets the Quran on Alcohol
Prof Jeremy Pearson, the associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation echoed the Quranic view on Alcohol in his statement. In his statement, he mentioned: “While there may be a slight benefit to heart and circulatory health from modest drinking, many studies have shown that the overall health risks of drinking alcohol outweigh any benefits.” https://kfor.com/2018/08/24/no-amount-of-alcohol-is-good-for-your-overall-health-global-study-says/
The following Quranic verse summerizes the findings on Alcohol consumption by modern medical science.
The Quran: 2:219 “…They ask you concerning wine (Khamr) and gambling. Say: “in them is great evil, and some benefit for men; but the evil is greater than the benefit….”
A recent comprehensive study on Alcohol’s effect by Bill and Melinda Gate foundation was published in the Lancet. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31310-2/fulltext
The Quranic prohibition
The new Muslims, like the Arabs of the time, used to drink alcohol. Jabir ibn Abd Allah narrated that some people drank alcoholic beverages in the morning of the Uhud battle. They died as martyrs in the same day. However, this happened before the Quran prohibited wine. The prohibition in Alcohol came in stages.
Discouragement of intoxicants
The Quran began with a prohibition on attending prayers under influence of substances. Because, intoxicants can fog people’s mind. (Quran: 4-43)*
Preparation to abandon intoxicants
Another verse followed this initial verse suggesting that intoxicants had some benefits in them but also had evils. However, the evil was much greater than the good in it. (Quran: 2-219)*
Progression to total prohibition
Finally, the unequivocal ban of consuming alcohol and intoxicants was revealed. (Quran 5: 90-91).
The Quran: 4-43
“….O you who believe! Do not approach to prayers with a mind befogged, until you can understand all that you say…..”
The Quran 2-219
“…They ask you concerning wine and gambling. Say: “In them is great evil, and some benefit for men. But the evil is greater than the benefit….”
The Quran 5:90
” O you who believe! Intoxicants, and gambling and idolatrous practices, and the divining of the future are but loathsome evil of Satan’s doing. Shun it, then, so that you may succeed!”
With modern medicine, we know that a sudden cessation of alcohol or other drugs can cause withdrawal syndromes. The withdrawal syndrome could be severe and even fatal. However, we can avoid these withdrawal effects if we participate in a structured rehabilitation program under professional supervision.
Minimizing the withdrawal syndrome
The Quranic deliberation to intoxicants addresses the concern of sudden withdrawal from drugs. The gradual approach to complete prohibition made it easier for the Muslims to taper the habit off. This also helped them to adjust socially with the prohibition. Moreover, it lessened the economic impact on the people who relied on alcoholic trade for their livelihood.
Spiritual benefits of abstaining
Finally, abstaining from Alcohol and other drugs is a great form of worship, if we do this with the intention to please our Creator. Moreover, collecting the strength to say “no” to our urges is self empowering. This also is a part of striving against our inner self (Jihad) and help ourselves to follow the straight path. https://qpeace.net/?p=1734
Impact of Alcohol on health and society
3.3 million deaths or 5.9% percent of all deaths worldwide were attributable to alcohol consumption in 2012. *
An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related illnesses each year in the United States.*
Driving under Alcohol influence caused 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities) In 2014 in USA.*
Alcohol abuse cost the United States $249.0 billion in 2010. * Source of information: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/