The Good, The Bad and the Alcohol!

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Okay, so everybody knows that Muslims cannot drink alcohol – but do we know why?

Well one of the verses in the Qur’an about it states that in alcohol, there is some good and there is some bad.  However, it also proclaims that the harm outweighs the benefit and it is upon that Quranic statement that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) rightly banned the consumption of alcohol, and indeed all intoxicants for a Muslim:

“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.”

Qur’an, Surah Baqarah -  2:219

Furthermore, it was due to revelations of verses like the above that the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) gave up drinking alcohol because they knew it displeased Allah.

Interestingly enough, I was listening to Radio 4 today (!) and they did a preview of one of their programmes (can’t remember which one unfortunately!!) which would be concentrating on the effect of alcohol on the lives of people.

In that minute long trailer, it was mentioned that there is new research to suggest that even drinking one glass of wine is enough for a person to be susceptible to certain kinds of cancer.  However, it then carried on and also stated that that one glass was also useful in protecting from other kinds of cancer!!

And that got me thinking – that verse of the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) over 1400 years ago and even now, through modern science and technology, it is being proved correct and accurate – amazing!!

For me, it’s things like these which ground the undeniable truth of the Qur’an firmly in my heart.  How can an unlettered Prophet like Muhammad (PBUH) know these things and make such bold statements about so many varied aspects of life?

The answer is, he didn’t.  The Word of the Qur’an is, we believe, the Word of God, and this Word was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by none other than He who created us and everything that exists.  And who better to know the properties of alcohol than the Being who created it?

And once again, it presents us with another example of how Islam and science go hand in hand.  In this instance, a verse from the Divine book, the Qur’an, is being proved by hard scientific fact – so in my eyes not only does that make the Qur’an the very epitome of authenticity (remember this is not the only example, there are many), but it also goes to show that the teachings of the Qur’an are for the benefit of mankind because it teaches us to do things which correspond to our nature, not go against it.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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