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Dangerous Lifestyles I
Transcript of Dangerous Lifestyles I
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The Mother of All Evils
Learn that alcoholic beverages are harmful and therefore haram.
Understand the evil effects of khamr.
Learn that khamr is the mother of evil lifestyles.
Understand how intoxicants destroy human societies.
Become more motivated to warn others against the devastating effects of intoxicants.
Alcohol is an INTOXICANT that functions as a poison to both the human body and mind.
What is Alcohol?
Alcohol is catergorized as a DEPRESSANT, meaning it hinders and slows down vital functions leading to:
Inability to react quickly
Khamr is derived from the word, khamara, which means "to hide, conceal, or cover". Since alcohol shrouds the intellect and reasoning of an individual, it is considered "khamr".
Alcohol is classified as
, an Arabic term describing an intoxicating drink or substance.
Alcohol is an ADDICTIVE DRUG. It leads to a destructive and unhealthy lifestyle.
Abdullah Ibn Omar narrated that the Rasoolullah said:
"Every intoxicant is Khamr and every Khamr is haram. And whoever drinks Khamr in this life and dies while he is addicted to it will never drink it in the hereafter."
*Recall Sharab Tahuran (pure drinks) that will be served to the believers in paradise. Here, the Prophet is warning Muslims against taking intoxicants or khamr (which are man-made) in this world because those who avoid them in this life will enjoy the purified, delicious, and uncontaminated drinks in the hereafter (paradise).
HARMS OF ALCOHOL
Long Term Health Effects of Alcohol
1) The stomach gradually begins to lose its ability to function properly.
3) Individuals begin to age quicker.
4) Weakens and reduces the ability to think & speak properly.
5) Causes heart failure.
6) Creates fights and tensions.
7) Leads towards great sins such as adultery and murder.
8) Wastes money.
9) Causes liver damage
10) Leads to car accidents and innocent lives lost
HARMS OF ALCOHOL
Upon the inhabitants will be garments of fine silk and brocade (fabric woven with an elaborate design). And they will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a purifying drink.
Al - Khamr
2) Loss of Apetite
Every 53 minutes in the United States, a life is lost in a drunk driving crash; that equates to 27 people every day.
The Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) referred to alcohol as the
"mother of all sins"
Othman narrated that Rasoolullah once said:
"Avoid drinking wine for it is the mother of all sins."
- Reported in An-Nasa'ee
After drinking alcohol, the mind is not steady. The mind becomes blurry and a person cannot think clearly. This may cause the individual to commit other sins without realizing it.
Once a pious man met a woman, who invited him towards committing a sin - adultery. The man openly refused. After her consistent pleads, the woman still failed to convince the man to commit the deed. Thereafter, she gave him three options:
1) Commit adultery with her.
2) Murder her newly born child -who she begot from her husband.
3) Consume alcohol which she possessed.
The man upon pondering, decided to consume alcohol, considering it the least harmful of the three. BUT he was
Upon consuming the alcohol, the man became intoxicated.
Consequently, the man killed the child and committed adultery.
What option did the man choose?
HOW ALCOHOL BECAME
Overview: During the early days of Islam, drinking alcohol was very common. Initially, alcohol was NOT haram, or prohibited for early Muslims. Finally, Allah (S.W.T) made it absolutely HARAM to all. It is now a MAJOR SIN to drink, sell, buy, or in any way associate oneself with alcoholic beverages or intoxicating substances.
Although alcohol was not haram at the time, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) always stayed away from it. He never drank khamr in his life. One day, a group of Sahabah brought up the evils of alcohol to the Prophet Muhammad. Then Allah (S.W.T) revealed the following verse:
One incident led to the revelation of the second verse. One day, Abdul-Rahman Ibn Awf invited some Sahabah over for a gathering where alcoholic drinks were served. Soon, it was maghrib time and the Sahabah wished to pray. However, most ot them were drunk, including the imam. When leading the prayer, the imam made several recitation mistakes of Surat-ul-Kafiroon. After this incident, Allah revealed the following verse in the Quran:
Uthman ibn Malik invited some companions for a meal. After the meal, alcohol was served. After a few drinks, the Muslims were intoxicated. They began singing and reciting poetry loudly. They began to sing about themselves and others. As they were thrilled and completely unconscious of their actions, they insulted Muslims not part of their tribe. Uthman, exclusively, insulted Muslim Ansars in Madinah. A young Ansari in a small group of Ansaris was infuriated by such a speech. He threw a bone on Uthman and injured his head. Uthman hurried to the Prophet the following day. The Prophet made dua'a:
"Oh Allah! Grant us a clear cut guidance regarding alcohol."
In response, Allah revealed in the Quran:
They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: In both of them there is a great harm and means of profits for men, and their harm is greater than their profit." [2:219]
This verse is the first in a series of verses leading to the ABSOLUTE prohibition of alcohol. It presents advice for early Muslims. Allah, here, tells Muslims that because there's more harm than benefit in consuming alcohol, they should avoid or stay far from such intoxicating substances.
O you who have believed, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you know what you are saying or in a state of janabah, except those passing through [a place of prayer], until you have washed [your whole body]. And if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and find no water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it]. Indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Forgiving. [Surah Mai'dah]
Allah first declared that alcohol has more harm than good.
Then Allah prohibited alcohol during Salah times. This caused more Muslims to stop drinking.
Finally, Allah made it absolutely clear that alcohol is forbidden or haram.
When a person drinks, he/she has allowed Satan to do his job. Satan loves to see Muslims forget praying, remembering Allah, and fight with one another. That is why it is important to stay away from alcohol - it is sinful.
This verse tells the Muslims that it is now haram for them to drink alcohol when it is nearing Salah time. Alcohol, at this moment, is not prohibited completely. Another incident will occur and bring an end to drinking alcohol completely.
Almost 78% of assaults and beatings involve the influence of alcohol.
O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement (foul) from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.
Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist? (stop him)
Abdullah Ibn Omar narrated that Rasoolullah said:
"Allah cursed wine and whoever
Abdullah Ibn Omar (R.A) narrated that the Rasoolullah said:
"If anyone drinks any alcoholic drinks, God will not accept his prayer for forty days, but if he repents Allah will accept his repentance."
- Reported in Ahmad and Ibn Majah
What can we learn about Allah from this?
Drinking alcohol makes people lose their ability to make rational decisions.
Alcohol makes you dizzy and large amounts can blur your vision and make you lose balance.
Some drink to become unconscious and run away from their problems.
Alcohol causes many other social problems. Heavy and regular drinkers often lose their jobs and families. Most traffic accidents are caused by people who drive under the influence of alcohol.
In fact, drinking is the number ONE reason of fatal accidents on America's highways.
DRINKING ALCOHOL IS
Alcohol is a chemical with very few benefits and many great harms. Alcohol is widely used in hospitals, clinics, and homes to clean wounds and fight bacteria. However, alcohol is still a dangerous substance if consumed or used in food. Alcohol is sometimes referred to as a drug because of its harmful effects on the human body, mind, and society.
Alcohol can be produced from anything:
The ancient Arabs during the time of Jahiliyyah (Before Islam), used to make alcoholic drinks from
Allah says in the Quran:
Common modern alcoholic drinks such as champagne and wine use grapes. Nonetheless, whatever food or fruit used to produce such drinks is haram.
Jabir Ibn Abdullah narrated that Rasoolullah said:
"If a large amount of substance causes intoxication, then even a
small amount is forbidden
"And of the fruits of the palms and the grapes - you obtain from them intoxication and goodly provision; mostly sure there is a sign in this for a people who ponder or reason." [16.167]
Some intoxicant drinks have only small amounts of alcohol and people who drink them don't usually get drunk unless they consume a large amount. An example of this is beer - an alcoholic drink also prohibited in Islam.
The above hadeeth means that a Muslim is prohibited to drink even a small amount of alcohol. Therefore, drinking beer or even a sip of alcohol is PROHIBITED in Islam. Allah also warns us to stay away from dealing with intoxicants in any shape or form.
It is HARAM, as mentioned earlier, to serve, sell, buy, trade, and/or produce wine, beer, or any other alcoholic beverages. Even if you don't consume it, Allah has decreed associ
ation to alcohol
equal of sin
to consumption of the alcohol.
No other substance has caused nearly the amount of deaths, chaos, crime and pain as alcohol. Alcohol is a poison to the human mind and body. It is a poison to society as well.
Alcohol is dangerous because it is addictive. Once an individual begins to drink, it is very difficult to stop. Thus, Allah warns us to stay as far as possible from alcohol and other intoxicants.
Allah gives us such instructions because He is the All-Knowing. Everything in Islam has a good reason behind it. Some reasons we know others we don't. We also know that Allah does what is best for his believers, so true believers should not question, rather trust Allah and obey his very command.
1) What is the Islamic ruling on Al-Khamr?
Al-Khamr, an Arabic term meaning intoxicant, is considered haram or prohibited in any amount (large or small). And to associate oneself with Al-Khamr in any shape or form is haram.
2) Describe how Allah gradually prohibited drinking wine.
First, Allah declared alcohol was more harm than good. This made some Muslims stop drinking alcohol. Then Allah prohibited alcohol during Salah times. This caused more Muslims to stop drinking. Finally, Allah made it absolutely haram or forbidden to drink alcohol.
True or False.
3) Khamr may be halal if someone drinks only a little.
4) Drinking khamr is absolutely haram whether the drinker becomes drunk or not.
5) It took a while before Allah prohibited drinking wine.
6) List three reasons for the prohibition of alcohol in Islam.
1) Serves as an interruption in your Ibadah.
2) Make irrational decisions - have no control over your body and mind
3) It is Shaytan's handiwork.
7) Who said "Khamr is the mother of all sins"? Why?
Prophet Muhammad said Khamr was the mother of all sins because khamr leads an individual to commit more sins (story of the pious man).
8) Prophet Muhammed cursed 6 types of people who deal with Khamr. Who are they?
The cursed individuals are those who drink, serve, sell, buy, produce, deliver, or receive alcohol.
9) How will Allah punish individuals who drink wine in this life? Support your answer with a hadith.
Allah will not accept the prayers of an individual (who drank wine in this life) for 40 days. The hadeeth states:
Abdullah Ibn Omar R narrated that Rasoolullah said:
"If anyone drinks any alcoholic drinks, God will not accept his prayers for forty days, but if he repents, Allah accept his repentance."
10) What is one type of punishment individuals will receive for drinking alcohol in this life?
Individuals who drink alcohol in this life will never be able to taste the perfect and pure drinks in the hereafter (in paradise).
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11) What are some social harms of drinking alcohol?
12) In Surat-ul-Maidah, Allah mentioned that Shaytan makes people do three wrong behaviors. What are they?
13) What are three characteristics of alcohol?
14) In the past, during the period of Jahiliyyah, Arabs used to make alcoholic drinks using what TWO foods?
15) What does "Khamara" mean (Khamara is the ROOT word of Al-Khamr)?
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Individuals can lose their jobs
Under the influence, individuals can cause traffic accidents
Individuals who regularly drink can create tensions and problems with their loved ones
3) Murder & violence
1) It is an intoxicant that serves as a poison to the human mind and body
2) It is a depressant - slows down vital functions in the body
3) It is an addictive drug
"Khamara" means to cover, hide, or conceal.