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.

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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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610 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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  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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