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Shurb Al-Khamr (Drinking Wine) - Part 1


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Literally Khamr means a covering, anything that covers up another. However, it refers to Alcoholic drinks like wine and liquor  which causes intoxication thus covering up the functioning of human intellect and sense of reasoning.


The Holy Quran says:

“O you who believe ! Surely intoxicants (Khamr) and games of chance (Maysir) and sacrificing to stones set up (Ansaab) and diving by arrows (Azlaam) are only an uncleanness, the Satan’s work; shun it therefore that you may be successful”.    (5:90)

“They ask you about intoxicants (Khamr) and games of chance (Maysir).Say: In both of them there is a great sin and means of profit for men, and their sin is greater than their profit…”     (2:219)

Islam has strictly condemned the consumption of all Alcoholic drinks and there is no difference if the quantity consumed is less or more, pure or mixed. Thus even if a person licks a single drop, it is Haraam whether he gets intoxicated or not.

Imam as-Sadiq (as) has said:

“Every intoxicant is Haraam. Something that intoxicates only when consumed in large quantities, is also not allowed to be taken even in a lessor quantity”.

Ibn Wahab (narrator) asked: “Then if a Haraam thing is mixed in a huge quantity of water, does it become permissible?”

Imam (as) flailed his arm twice indicating emphatically that it does not. (Furoo’ al-Kaafi)

In Mustanad ash-Shia’h, it is reported from Imam as-Sadiq (as) who said:

“If more of it intoxicates, then to consume even a bit of it is Haraam”.

Somebody asked, “But what if I dilute it with water?” Imam (as) replied:

“A Haraam thing does not become Halaal by mixing it with water. Fear Allah, refrain from partaking of it”.

Islam has also strictly condemned all those actions which are in any way associated with Alcoholic drinks. The Holy Prophet (saw) has cursed ten types of people  in connection with this:

1. One who plants a sapling with the intention of making wine.
2. One who cultivates such a sapling so that wine is made from it.
3. One who crushes the grapes.
4. One who drinks wine.
5. One who serves the wine.
6. One who transports wine.
7. One who takes its delivery from the supplier.
8. One who sells wine.
9. One who buys it.
10. One who uses that income earned from making & selling wine.

Besides, there are several traditions in which we are instructed not to associate and befriend drunkards, not to give daughters, not to trust them with any deposits, not to even attend their funeral, not to sit at a place or on a table where others drink wine and not to attend parties where wine is also served. All these are prohibited and Haraam in Islam.

Imam as-Sadiq (as) quotes the Holy Prophet (saw):

“Allah has made me to pronounce wine as Haraam. After this pronouncement if someone still drinks wine, he is not fit to have his proposal for marriage accepted, when he proposes. If he seeks recommendation, he should not be recommended. If he says something he must not be believed. His testimony must not be accepted. Nothing should be kept in his trust. Allah is not responsible for something kept with a drunkard, with the knowledge (of his vice). He will not receive  any compensation if the thing is lost, nothing could be taken in exchange and neither its cost” (al-Kaafi)

Imam (as) has also said:

“One who marries his well-behaved daughter to a drunkard; it is as if he has given her to adultery”. (Mustadrakul-Wasaael)

Imam (as) has also stated in a tradition:
“If a drunkard falls ill, do not go to visit him. If he dies, do not attend his funeral”.

Mulla Mujaheedali Sheriff


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