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What are the punishments for drinking alcohol in Islam?

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Alcohol is forbidden in Islam. Allah mentions alcohol as KHamr in the Quran. During the time of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH), the sources of alcoholic beverages were grapes, dates, wheat, barley, and honey. Unfortunately, that not case today’s world, but still considered to be forbidden as long as it intoxicates people. Islam emphasizes the effects of alcohol on people and not the origin or form of alcohol.

ln Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah says:

“They question thee about strong drinks and games of chance. Say: In both is a great sin, and (some) utility for men; but the sin of them is greater than their usefulness.”Al-Qur’an 2:219


Islam dealt with the problem of alcohol and intoxicants in an excellent way. The information relating to the prohibition of alcohol in Islam is to be obtained directly from the words of Allah alone in the Qur’an as well as from the saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the Hadith. The prohibition of alcoholic beverages is mentioned three times in the Holy Qur’an.

ln Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah says:

“O you who believe! Wine, gambling, idols and lottery are all of Satan’s work. You refrain from it. Hopefully, you can succeed. Surely Satan wants to create animosity and animosity among you through alcohol and gambling and creates obstacles in you from remembering and praying from Allah. So will you refrain from these things? (Sura Maida 90-91)

One of the greatest sins of Islam is consuming alcohol. In Islam, one who helps to make the alcohol and who sells it and one who drink is the same sinner in the eyes of Allah.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) cursed ten with regard to alcohol: the one who squeezes (the grapes etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who pours it, the one who sells it and consumes its price, the one who buys it and the one for whom it is bought.”Al-Tirmidhi (1295)

Reasons for Prohibition of Alcohol in Islam

There are many reasons why alcoholic beverages have been prohibited in Islam. The following are among the reasons which Muslims believe in and are taken from Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr’s booklet on the subject:

  1. Alcohol is considered to be an abomination.
  2. Alcohol is part of Satan’s handiwork.
  3. Drinking alcohol generates enmity and hatred among people.
  4. Alcohol prevents people from remembering Allah.
  5. It prevents or delays Muslims from performing their daily prayers. Even if they pray they will not understand the meaning and significance of what they are doing and saying.
  6. Those who drink alcohol will be denied Paradise.
  7. Those who drink alcohol are considered by Islam to be similar to those who worship idols which is also totally prohibited in Islam.
  8. When a person drinks alcohol he is not considered to be a believer.
  9. Alcohol is the mother of evils in society.
  10. Muslims believe that the prophets of Allah did not taste alcoholic beverages and that alcohol was prohibited in the original scriptures of the divinely revealed religions.
  11. Alcoholic beverages have some benefits, but sin and harm resulting from the consumption are far greater than their benefits.
  12. Alcohol brings Allah’s curse down on those who drink it, produce, sell or deal with it and those who participate in drinking parties.
  13. Alcohol is responsible for a large number of road accidents.
  14. Alcohol is the cause of many broken families.
  15. Under the influence of alcohol, more homicide, rape, and other offenses are committed.


Punishment in the day of judgment

In Sunan al-Nasaa’i (5570) it is narrated that Ibn al-Daylami said to ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr, “O ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr, did you hear the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say anything about wine?” He said, “Yes, I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, ‘If any man from among my ummah drinks wine, Allaah will not accept his prayers for forty days.’” This was classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilat al-Saheehah (709).

What this means is that he will not be rewarded for them, but he is still obliged to pray; in fact, he is obliged to do all the prayers. If he forsakes prayer during this time, he will be committing one of the worst of major sins, one which some of the scholars said amounts to kufr, Allaah forbid. 

 In the early days of Islam, people who had stopped drinking prohibited others and those who committed the offense were lashed 40 times. They use to flail the drinker with anything that came to hand – a piece of cloth, a shoe, a stick – just to let the person feel that he or she had indulged in something prohibited. Later on when there was a complaint that people were returning to the old ways of drinking, `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) consulted the Muslims around, and `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I think that drinking will make a person lose his mind and consequently start abusing others, uttering false accusations against them. So I think he deserves the same punishment for a person who falsely accuses other persons (Qadhif) that is 80 lashes.” Henceforth, that became the standard of punishment for drinkers to stop them from falling into that.”

In conclusion, May Allah protect us from evil work and may Allah keep us from Alcohol and other act of haram work.

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