Muslims can drink, just like Muhammad

It's quite well possible to be a good Muslim and still enjoy a drink once in a while.

It’s quite well possible to be a good Muslim and still enjoy a drink once in a while.

It is a general assumption that Muslims can not drink alcohol. Not that all believers of Islam go through life sober, but still it’s considered a sin to have a beer. Well, we did a lot of research and in this story we will explain to you why this assumption is wrong. Muslims are indeed allowed to drink. Wine is even glorified in their holy book the Quran and the prophet Muhammad himself drank too. We hope that soon everywhere in the Middle East the sounds of glasses bashing into eachother will replace those of gunshots. Here we go…

The first thing we need to do is to establish that drinking alcohol is not prohibited by the Quran as is claimed by many. There are three passages that hint in this direction. However not in a single occasion it is called haraam, or forbidden by God, like pork meat for example. Here are the three passages:
Quran 2:219 “They ask you concerning alcoholic drinks and games of chance. Say: in them are harm and goods for men, but their harms exeeds their good effects.
Quran 4:43 “Do not approach prayers while you are drunk.”
Quran 5:90 “O you who believe! Intoxications and gambling, (dedication of) stones and (divination by) arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handwork: so avoid it that you may prosper.”

Yes, alcohol is not being encouraged here. Although it is said that there are good sides to it, the emphasis is on the bad effects. Still it seems more like an advice not to drink as long as you don’t do your prayers drunk. We understand that talking to God with a double tongue is probably not the greatest idea, but as long as you keep that in mind there isn’t a good reason to chose for abstinence.

Now that we established that let’s check out another passage from the Quran that speaks of alcohol:
Quran 16.67 “And of the fruits of the date palms and the grapes, you obtain alcoholic drinks and goods. Verily in that is a sign for a people who use their understanding.”
In this verse without a doubt is said that God bestowed grapes and dates upon people, so they can make alcoholic drinks from them. That’s right, wine making is encouraged here.

Since we know for sure now that alcohol was not prohibited, but even encouraged, it’s interesting to see how the prophet Muhammad handled his liquor. There are plenty of examples in the Hadiths (tales about Muhammad’s life that are used to understand the meaning of the Quran) that prove he indeed drank alcohol. Here is the most interesting one:
Muslim 3753 “We were with the prophet of Allah and he was thirsty. And a man said: ‘O prophet of Allah, do you want to drink wine?’ Prophet of Allah said: ‘Yes’. The man went to get the wine. The prophet of Allah said: ‘Make it intoxicated’. And he drank.”
Because the Arabian word that was used ‘nabeed’ can also mean alcohol free wine, the addition by the prophet that is must be intoxicated is a very valuable one. There are plenty more passages where Muhammad is drinking wine, both in the morning and in the evening. In many cases the Islamic opponents of alcohol can hide behind the double meaning of the word ‘nabeed’, but in the last habith the Arabic word ‘khamra’ is used, which means alcohol.

And actually Muhammad wasn’t the only one drinking, so did his companions. Anas Bin Malek serves alcohol in Muslim 23, 4884 and 4886. The Mujahedeen drank it in the Battle of Uhud and the prophet’s uncle Hamza even got drunk. When he did, Hamza got mad and Muhammad was scared. This was probably one of the reasons for him to disencourage people to drink too much. There’s also a tale that angels from Allah get drunk and kill a child. Another indication that bad stuff comes from drinking of course.

Still the conclusion must be that although moderation of alcohol is encouraged in Islam, it is absolutely not prohibited. The Quran states nowhere that it is haraam or sinful. The prophet Muhhamad himself that is a role-model for Muslims himself drank wine, just like his companions and Jesus, who in Islam is also considered a prophet. Now that’s one less reason to fight between religions and one more reason to celebrate. Nice to know with the Sugar Feast coming up this week too. So to finish in Arabic: besaha!

Micky Bumbar

Here’s another interesting article on the subject by Mesbahuddin Faruq from the Islamic site free-minds.org.

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The fight versus anti-alcohol laws in Malaysia

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Moroccan cops get drunk and throw bottles at passers

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624 thoughts on “Muslims can drink, just like Muhammad

  1. Yes, Muslims CAN drink alcoholic beverages as per share’ah.

    1. You /Muslims mistranslate that quranic verse: It duzn’t say ‘alcholic’ but WINE ie the fermented juice of grapes. This is haram a drop or a glassful.

    2. Ibn Abbas (from Muhammad) states : wine has been prohibitid in and of itself AND THE INTOXICATING QUONTITY FROM ANY OTHER ALCOHOLIC DRINK .

    see the wurk by ibn rushd the distinguist jurist’s primer. where he list the share’ah diffruncis.
    Cheers,

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  2. All my muslim brothers…
    they are misleading you…
    Beer (or anything which makes hangover) is strictly haraam in islam…

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  3. Alcohol is not prohibted in quran, and I chalange anyone that says otherwise.
    The only food prohibited in the Quran is “(5:3 ) Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine” anyone who says otherwise is putting words in Gods mouth. If God wanted Alcohol (wine…) prohibited/forbidden he would have clearly stated that like he did for the flesh of the swine (aka pork), leaving no room to interpretation.

    Unfortunately a lot of muslims fell for the fake human suna / Hadith and 600,000!!! so called sahih el boukhari (supposedly collected in 17 years of his life, which gives him about 15minutes spent per Hadith and verify its source and all that none sense!) and twisted logic and interpretation that are not there.
    No one but god can prohibit things not even his prophet PBUH. When the prophet PBUH prohibited honey on himself God cane down on him, Surat el Tahrim , telling him that he has no right to prohibit what God allowed or didn’t prohibit. These fake ulamaa fatawa trying to entreprise and monopolise Islam using indoctrinating false Hadith and the said-suna (السنة القولية)….
    We were asked to avoid alcohol (especially when abused to the point of intoxication/harm) but it is not prohibited like a lot of indoctrinated muslims claim, huge difference between avoid and prohibit. My as well prohibit sugar and a lot of things as they causes harm when abused!!!

    Again, and it is unfortunate a lot of Muslims have left the Quran and start following fake man made Hadith and suna and man fatwa. They assign to God and the prophet (intentionally or by hearsay mistake ) what they never prohibited or said.
    True Islam is the Quran nothing else and certainly not this coarse version they advertise. It’s simple, easy and peaceful, unlike the version we see and hear about now days.

    Unless muslims start criticizing these fake Hadith and casting them out of Islam, they will continue live in backwardness and middle age. You can’t say Islam is peaceful cause the way it is now it is not. The Quran is peaceful, this Islam of your with all these Hadith that prohibit things on behalf of God and tolerating the killings of others is not. You can tell us the good stuff and leaves out the bad out. You will only progress if you get out of denial and do something about it. Salam.

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    • Yes brother, I agree with you. Man-made Hadiths make up like 99% of what “passes” as Islam today, and it doesn’t represent true Islam, and I found various Quranic verses clearly implying that they are un-Quranic, one of them being verse 6:114 which states that the Quran is fully-detailed, and that the only source of law is God. However, I’m of the opinion that any intoxicant is prohibited, except for uses that benefit people, though I may be wrong.

      2:219 says that in intoxicants and gambling, there’s both a great sin, and some benefit, but the sin is greater than the benefit.

      7:33: “God prohibited all sin.

      Shouldn’t the conclusion be that intoxicants are prohibited when used in any way that’s sinful, since all sin is prohibited by God? The “benefit” part of it isn’t prohibited (anesthetics, etc.).

      And we were not asked to avoid alcohol, like you said. The verse you’re referring to is 5:90.

      5:90: “O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions that are the work of the devil; you shall ‘ijtanibuhu’ (stay away from him) so that you may succeed.

      The word ijtanibuhu is singular, which means it’s only referring to a single thing. If it were referring to all four of them, it would be ijtanibuhum (stay away from them), but it’s not. Since the noun “devil” came before ijtanibuhu, the correct meaning is intoxicants, gambling, altars, and divination arrows are the work of the devil, and we have to avoid the devil in order to succeed.

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      • quran also states that assuming is an ithm or “sin”

        so are you prepared to go through life without making any assumptions, its gonna be a tough one

        im taking the aya in surat baqqarah (2:219) as a word of advice, it has benefits and harms, harms outweigh benefits so “ijtanib”or keep away, there is no “tahreem”, tahreem is applied to the foods stated in surat al maidah

        plus the prophet hasnt encountered beer or hops, how can he forbid something he hasnt encountered, khamr is wine or nabeeth or pertais to rotting grape juice

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      • Yep, you’re right. Assuming (taking something as true without evidence) is a sin, and it’s good that it is too. It wouldn’t be fair to take something as true without even having the evidence to prove it.

        The “ijtanibuhu (stay away from him)” is referring to avoiding the devil. If it was referring to alcohol, gambling, altars, and arrows of chance, it would say “ijtanibuhum (stay away from them) but it says “stay away from him”. The word “hu” in Arabic means “him” and the noun that directly came before “ijtanibuhu” is “the devil”. This is no assumption it’s clear Arabic.

        All intoxicants are prohibited for sinful use, because 7:33 says all sin is prohibited. Verse 2:219 says that it has both sin and benefit, but the sin is greater than the benefit. If we look at the two verses, you can clearly see that using intoxicants for sinful purposes are bad, but are good for beneficial purposes. This is no assumption, it’s purely Quranic.

        So now what is defined as “sinful purposes”? If you look at 2:219, it says they contain both sin and benefit. The verse did not include anything else. That means if you are not using it for benefit, you are using it for sin. That means intoxicants can’t be used for personal purposes, because you aren’t using it to benefit yourself. This is no assumption.

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    • O you who believe! intoxicants and games of chance and (sacrificing to) stones set up and (dividing by)arrows are only an uncleanness, the Shaitan’s work; shun it therefore that you may be successful. The Shaitan only desires to cause enmity and hatred to spring in your midst by means of intoxicants and games of chance, and to keep you off from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. Will you then desist?
      (Surah Maida 5:90-91)

      Why should people take what u say seriously? Who are u? Why do u think u are even significant? Just because ur faith is weak and u can’t make heads or tails of Islam u think people are lesser than u? 🙂 my fellow brothers and sisters in humanity Alhumdulillah Allah has created them and gifted them with intelligence u don’t need to tell them ur twisted ideologies they can read and learn themself and get and idea of Islam based on their own efforts… I find it rather disgusting when people like u push their stupidity onto others as if u are brilliant and also it makes me laugh at what makes u think u are even worth noticing? I noticed u because I feel sorry for special needs people like u 🙂 Islam is peaceful to people who are peaceful and harsh to those that deserve it.. If people broke into ur house or attacked u would u be peaceful towards them? Lol u must have drank to much and this is one of many reasons why u shouldn’t drink 😀

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    • 4. O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination, Of Satan’s handiwork: Eschew such (abomination) that ye may prosper. (Al Maeda; 5:90)

      Define Intoxication-the pathological state produced by a drug, serum, or intoxicant.
      ANYTHING THAT ALTERS YOUR MIND IS AN INTOXICANT.
      If you sin and justify it it’s a greater sin. I am an American Muslim, I live everyday in a battle because I don’t fit in due to not consuming alcohol. It’s hard but hell is harder. Don’t justify Gods words to match your lifestyle.

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  4. whatever he has writtem down is boughs, according to Islamic thinking no one can drink wine or alchohal at all.Those who say Prophet like drinking he is lier. He does not know any thing about Islam.Lying is not even allowed in any religion in the world

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  5. Quran uses syllogism to demonstrate the prohibition of alcohol. Syllogism is deriving a conclusion from two or more premises.

    2:219 says that in intoxicants and gambling, there’s both a great sin, and some benefit, but the sin is greater than the benefit. (Premise 1)

    7:33: “God prohibited all sin. (Premise 2)

    All sin is prohibited, so using intoxicants for anyway that is sinful is prohibited. However, if used to benefit people (anesthetics, etc), that is not prohibited as that isn’t utilizing the sinful part of the intoxicants. (Conclusion)

    And how do we know if we’re using intoxicants for sinful purposes and not for beneficial purposes? Easy, it’s if we’re using them for any other purposes besides beneficial purposes. Why? Because intoxicants are the work of the devil, and the Quran says to stay away from the devil in order to succeed. So even personal use is considered sin because it’s not beneficial use.

    5:90: “O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions that are the work of the devil; you shall ‘ijtanibuhu’ (stay away from him) so that you may succeed.

    The word ijtanibuhu is singular, which means it’s only referring to a single thing. If it were referring to all four (intoxicant, gambling, altars, divination arrows), it would be ijtanibuhum (stay away from them), but it’s not. Since the noun “devil” came before ijtanibuhu, the correct meaning is intoxicants, gambling, altars, and divination arrows are the work of the devil, and we have to avoid the devil in order to succeed.

    So how do we avoid the devil? We avoid the devil by avoiding his works, and that includes avoiding intoxicants.

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  6. They ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: “In them is a GREAT sin, and (some) benefit for men, but the sin of them is greater than their benefit.” (Quran 2:219)

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  7. Your “sources” that show Prophet drank are wrong. When hadiths were collected they were classified by their conformity with others. Basically each hadith had to be mentioned more than one source and no opposing argument were existent. They are called “clean” hadiths. Yours isn’t clean one.

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  8. The reason why Quraan and Prophet say that alcohol is Haram, is that this malignant drink take off the mind, and makes the human as animal, could do anything unconsciously one of the the main five purposes of Islam is protecting the Muslim’s “mind”,this later is the only tool that distinguishes between the good and the bad, once it left “the mind” under the effect of Alcohol or any other drugs Man can do anything; he could kill, rape or take the others money…he can commit any dangerous crime, and it is clear that it is against Peace that means the word “Salam” or Islam. billions of Muslims know very well that beer, wine or any kind of drugs is Forbidden, we don’t need ignore people to explain us Islam, we’re very logic to know that it’s just a kind of Publicity for such drinks that makes even the most noble people look like a swinging helpless dummy animal.

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    • Well alcohol brings out the true personality of a person. If someone behaves like an animal when drunk, he probably is a bad person deep inside. In my opinion it’s better to know what you are up against.
      That being said, most killing, raping and stealing is done by sober people.
      Cheers,
      Micky

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      • I believe this to be true. When drinking, the constant mental clutter or brain chatter quiets down, and I am able to think/say what I actually want to say. I am usually too anxious or worried about what others think to say what I really think when I am sober.

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  9. Intoxicants ie anything that makes u high and senseless is prohibited by Allah. And telling the truth is encouraged so let me tell u lying sinful disbelievers what actually concerns u in the Quran.. The verses that tell u that if u die in disbelief u will be punished in hell for eternity just like u were brought into existence the first time to live this life u will be brought into existence a second time… And this is not impossible for Allah.. Also those who want to spread corruption amongst the believers they will have a painful torment… Even if u choose to disbelief these statements will come to pass and u will be the ones that will regret choosing disbelief over belief… Allah doesn’t tell us to belief because He will gain from us.. No Allah owns all that exists in the heavens and the earth even before he created us but he excercises his Mercy and wants to reward us for believing and doing good in this life with eternal bliss… And if u reject that then who is more foolish? Anyway those who disbelieve wish that we the Muslims would follow their way by choosing disbelief over belief and if we were to do that then who would help us against the wrath of Allah? The disbelievers would abandon us like satan will abandon them in the afterlife…. Intelligence is knowing the truth and accepting it and safeguarding ourselves from the punishment… Foolishness is taking this life as a pass time and wasting time that could be used to do good help people spread love on the earth but instead u spread lies corruption and filth in the world… And they will come to know who are the real losers…

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