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Shabaan: Intoxicants

Nov 06, 2007
Aisha (R.A) narrates that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said, (about the 15th of Shabaan) “This is the middle Night of Sha’ban. Allah frees in it a large number of the people from Fire, more than the number of the hair growing on the sheep of the tribe, Kalb. But He does not even look at a person who associates partners with Allah, or at a person who nourishes malice in his heart (against someone), or at a person who cuts off the ties of kinship, or at a man who leaves his clothes extending beyond his ankles (as a sign of pride), or at a person who disobeys his parents, or at a person who has a habit of drinking wine.”

Insha-Allah we will be discussing the harms of wine and all sorts of intoxicant and the warnings that are mentioned in the Ahadith regarding intoxicant.

Allah says in the noble Quran

وَلا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ

“AND CAST NOT YOURSELVES TO DESTRUCTION WITH YOUR OWN HANDS”

“Shaitân’s plan is to incite enmity and hatred between you, through intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the remembrance of Allâh and prayer. Will you not desist!” (Al-Mâ’idah, âyah 92)

Aisha Narrates that Nabi(S.A.W) said

When the verses of Surat “Al-Baqara”‘ about the usury Riba were revealed, the Prophet went to the mosque and recited them in front of the people and then banned the trade of alcohol.

عن ابن عباس قال : بلغ عمر بن الخطاب أن فلانا يبيع الخمر فقال : ما له قاتله الله ! ألم يعلم أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” لعن الله اليهود ! حرمت عليهم الشحوم فجملوها فباعوها وأكلوا أثمانها

Ibn Abbas Narrates that Nabi(S.A.W) said

Once ‘Umar was informed that a certain man sold alcohol. ‘Umar said, “May Allah curse him! Doesn’t he know that Allah’s Apostle said, ‘May Allah curse the Jews, for Allah had forbidden them to eat the fat of animals but they melted it and sold it.”

Nabi (S.A.W) has said “Allah has cursed intoxicants and has cursed the one who produces it, the one for whom it is produced, the one who drinks it, the one who serves it, the one who carries it, the one for whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one who earns from it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought.” (Tirmizi)

Umar ibn al-Khattab Narrates that When the prohibition of wine (was yet to be) declared, Umar (R.A)said: O Allah, give us a satisfactory explanation about wine. So the following verse of Surat al-Baqarah revealed; “They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: In them is great sin….” Umar (R.A) was then called and it was recited to him. He said: O Allah, give us a satisfactory explanation about wine. Then the following verse of Surat an-Nisa’ was revealed: “O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged….” Thereafter the messenger of the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) would call when the (congregational) prayer was performed: Beware, one who is drunk should not come to prayer. Umar (R.A)was again called and it was recited to him). He said: O Allah, give us a satisfactory explanation about wine. THEN this verse was revealed: “Will ye not then abstain?” Umar (R.A)said: We abstained.

It is reported that a man brought a cask of wine to Nabi saw.gif (854 bytes)as a gift. Nabi (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) informed him that Allah had prohibited it. “Shall I not sell it?” asked the man. “The One who prohibited drinking it has also prohibited selling it”, replied Nabi (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam). “Shall I not give it as a gift to a Jew?” asked the man. “The One who has prohibited it has also prohibited that it be given as a gift to a Jew”, said Nabi (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam). “Then what shall I do with it”? The man asked. “Pour it on the ground”, replied Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam). (Al-Hâmîd in his Musnad).

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ كُلُّ مُخَمِّرٍ خَمْرٌ وَكُلُّ مُسْكِرٍ حَرَامٌ وَمَنْ شَرِبَ مُسْكِرًا بُخِسَتْ صَلَاتُهُ أَرْبَعِينَ صَبَاحًا فَإِنْ تَابَ تَابَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ فَإِنْ عَادَ الرَّابِعَةَ كَانَ حَقًّا عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يَسْقِيَهُ مِنْ طِينَةِ الْخَبَالِ قِيلَ وَمَا طِينَةُ الْخَبَالِ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ صَدِيدُ أَهْلِ النَّارِ وَمَنْ سَقَاهُ صَغِيرًا لَا يَعْرِفُ حَلَالَهُ مِنْ حَرَامِهِ كَانَ حَقًّا عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يَسْقِيَهُ مِنْ طِينَةِ الْخَبَالِ (ابو داود)

Abdullah Ibn Abbas Narrates that the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Every intoxicant is khamr (wine) and every intoxicant is forbidden. If anyone drinks wine, Allah will not accept prayer from him for forty days, but if he repents, Allah will accept his repentance. If he repeats it a fourth time, it is binding on Allah that He will give him tinat al-khabal to drink. He was asked: What is tinat al-khabal, Apostle of Allah? He replied: Discharge of wounds, flowing from the inhabitants of Hell. If anyone serves it to a minor who does not distinguish between the lawful and the unlawful, it is binding on Allah that He will give him to drink the discharge of wounds, flowing from the inhabitants of Hell.

Intoxicants of all kinds have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people. Nabi (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) has said:

اجْتَنِبُوا الْخَمْرَ فَإِنَّهَا أُمُّ الْخَبَائِثِ

“Abstain from intoxicants – for it is the source of all evil.” (Hâkim). It has led to a sordid underworld, contributed to an alarming rate of accidents, family breakdowns, loss of life and crime. It leads to permanent brain damage, incoherence, impotence and depression. Drugs and alcohol are but natural reverberations of an impoverished society!

THE CONSUMPTION SYNDROME:

This is an age of chemical consumption, in which people use various substances to cope with whatever upsets them. We are constantly bombarded with the message that there is a pill to solve every problem. “Drugs will help you escape stress”, “Drugs will relieve pain!” are slogans that storm an unwary public all the time.

Senator Frank once stated:

“The drug culture finds its fullest flowering in the portrait of American society which can be pieced together out of the hundreds of thousands of advertisements and commercials. It is advertising which mounts the message that pills turn rain to sunshine, gloom to euphoria, solve problems and dispel doubts. Not just pills, cigarette and cigar ads, soft drinks, coffee, tea and beer ads, all portray the key to happiness as things to swallow, inhale, chew, drink and eat.”

THE COLLAPSE OF THE FAMILY UNIT:

The family had previously served as the “great shock absorber” of society. The place to which bruised and battered individuals return after doing battle with the world. It served as the one stable point in an increasingly flux society. Unfortunately the family has to a large extent lost its:

· Protective function

· Educational and social function

· Religious identity

· Recreational function

Children as a result, have become vulnerable, lonely and depressed. They have no reason to respect adults, religion or authority. They learn from their peers, spend time with them, respect and trust them. They develop their own bonds, “families” and even gangs. It gives them a sense of belonging, which is patently absent from their real homes.

AN INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE:

People often tend to think, “It happens to other peoples’ families”. How many times have we heard parents say, “My child will never take drugs”. We need to remove the blinkers and acknowledge that it can happen to any ones children. A survey conducted by SANCA (1986) revealed the following:

· Twenty five percent of pupils at four High schools in Natal had used drugs, of which 8% were regular users.

· At nine schools in East London 69% of High school pupils admitted drinking at least once weekly and 8% were addicted to drugs.

· An “Indian” school revealed similar patterns but with more acceptance to drug taking.

· The survey revealed that drinking generally started in standard seven, whereas smoking dagga was found to begin as early as standard five in some cases.

THE GRIM FACE OF SOUTH AFRICA:

South African society is among the most murderous on earth, according to a survey published by the Nedcor banking group. The annual murder rate is 54 per 100,000 people compared in the international average of 5.5 per 100,000. Since 1992 there has been a 78% increase in vehicle hijackings and a 62% rise in robbery. In the first six months of this year, the police seized nearly 300 000 Mandrax tablets, 77kg of cocaine, 0,783kg of heroin and 1,325 units of LSD. South Africa consumes more than 70% of the world’s Mandrax.

SOME HAIR RAISING INCIDENTS IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY:

· An intoxicated youth molested his own mother, she became insane and died shortly thereafter.

· An addict who could not settle his “debt” was forced to become a “merchant”. When he failed to settle his debt he had to offer his wife’s “services” as payment.

· An addict brought friends home and after they became “high” allowed his wife to be gang raped right before his eyes.

· A primary school girl was recently caught selling drugs at school.

· Most of the divorces in recent months are drug related.

INTOXICANTS – AN ACCURSED INDUSTRY:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن الله لعن الخمر ، ولعن غارسها ، ولعن شاربها ، ولعن عاصرها ، ولعن مؤويها ولعن مديرها ، ولعن ساقيها ، ولعن حاملها ، ولعن آكل ثمنها

The Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) of Allâh cursed ten categories of people saying: “Allâh has cursed intoxicants and has cursed the one who produces it, the one for whom it is produced, the one who drinks it, the one who serves it, the one who carries it, the one for whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one who earns from it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought.” (Tirmizi)

It is reported that a man brought a cask of wine to Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) as a gift. Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) informed him that Allâh had prohibited it. “Shall I not sell it?” asked the man. “The One who prohibited drinking it has also prohibited selling it”, replied Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam). “Shall I not give it as a gift to a Jew?”, asked the man. “The One who has prohibited it has also prohibited that it be given as a gift to a Jew”, said Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam). “Then what shall I do with it”? The man asked. “Pour it on the ground”, replied Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam). (Al-Hâmîd in his Musnad).

Abû Hurairah (RA) narrates that Nabî saw.gif (854 bytes)has said:

قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم مدمن خمر كعابد وثن

“An addict to (any) intoxicant is like a worshipper of idols.” (Ahmed)

عَنْ ابْنِ عُمَرَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

Ibn ‘Umâr (RA) narrates that Nabi saw.gif (854 bytes)has said:

كُلُّ مُسْكِرٍ خَمْرٌ وَكُلُّ مُسْكِرٍ حَرَامٌ وَمَنْ شَرِبَ الْخَمْرَ فِي الدُّنْيَا فَمَاتَ وَهُوَ يُدْمِنُهَا لَمْ يَتُبْ لَمْ يَشْرَبْهَا فِي الْآخِرَةِ

“Every intoxicant is (regarded as) “khamr” and all types of “khamr” are harâm. He who consumes “khamr” in this world and dies without repenting will be deprived of it in the Âkhirah (deprived of Jannah)” (Muslim).

He further stated: “Allah does not accept any good deed of one who consumes “khamr”.

AbdurRahman ibn Ghanam Narrated Malik ibn AbuMaryam said: AbdurRahman ibn Ghanam entered upon us and we discussed tila’ and he said: AbuMalik al-Ash’ari told me that he heard the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) say: Some of my people will assuredly drink wine calling it by another name.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

Abu Huraira Narrates Allah’s Apostle said,

لَيْلَةَ أُسْرِيَ بِهِ لَقِيتُ مُوسَى قَالَ فَنَعَتَهُ فَإِذَا رَجُلٌ حَسِبْتُهُ قَالَ مُضْطَرِبٌ رَجِلُ الرَّأْسِ كَأَنَّهُ مِنْ رِجَالِ شَنُوءَةَ قَالَ وَلَقِيتُ عِيسَى فَنَعَتَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ رَبْعَةٌ أَحْمَرُ كَأَنَّمَا خَرَجَ مِنْ دِيمَاسٍ يَعْنِي الْحَمَّامَ وَرَأَيْتُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَأَنَا أَشْبَهُ وَلَدِهِ بِهِ قَالَ وَأُتِيتُ بِإِنَاءَيْنِ أَحَدُهُمَا لَبَنٌ وَالْآخَرُ فِيهِ خَمْرٌ فَقِيلَ لِي خُذْ أَيَّهُمَا شِئْتَ فَأَخَذْتُ اللَّبَنَ فَشَرِبْتُهُ فَقِيلَ لِي هُدِيتَ الْفِطْرَةَ أَوْ أَصَبْتَ الْفِطْرَةَ أَمَا إِنَّكَ لَوْ أَخَذْتَ الْخَمْرَ غَوَتْ أُمَّتُكَ

“On the night of my Ascension to Heaven,(Meraj) I saw (the prophet) Moses who was a thin person with lank hair, looking like one of the men of the tribe of Shanua; and I saw Esa(Jesus) who was of average height with red face as if he had just come out of a bathroom. And I resemble prophet Abraham more than any of his offspring does. Then I was given two cups, one containing milk and the other wine. Jebraeel (Gabriel) said, ‘Drink whichever you like.’ I took the milk and drank it. Jebraeel said, ‘You have accepted what is natural, (True Religion, i.e. Islam) and if you had taken the wine, your followers would have gone astray.’ “

Abu Jamra says that I used to sit with Ibn ‘Abbas and he made me sit on his sitting place. He requested me to stay with him in order that he might give me a share from his property. So I stayed with him for two months. Once he told (me) that when the delegation of the tribe of ‘Abdul Qais came to the Prophet, the Prophet asked them, “Who are the people (i.e. you)? (Or) who are the delegate?” They replied, “We are from the tribe of Rabi’a.” Then the Prophet said to them, “Welcome! O people (or O delegation of ‘Abdul Qais)!

Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We cannot come to you except in the sacred month because there is the infidel tribe of Mudar intervening between you and us. So please order us to do something good (religious deeds) so that we may inform our people whom we have left behind (at home), and that we may enter Paradise (by acting on them).” Then they asked about drinks (what is legal and what is illegal). The Prophet ordered them to do four things and forbade them from four things. He ordered them to believe in Allah Alone and asked them, “Do you know what is meant by believing in Allah Alone?” They replied, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” Thereupon the Prophet said, “It means: To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle.

To offer prayers perfectly

To pay the Zakat (obligatory charity)

To observe fast during the month of Ramadan

And to pay Al-Khumus (one fifth of the booty to be given in Allah’s Cause).

Then he forbade them four things, namely, Hantam, Dubba,’ Naqir Ann Muzaffat or Muqaiyar; (These were the names of pots in which alcoholic drinks were prepared) (The Prophet mentioned the container of wine and he meant the wine itself). The Prophet further said (to them): “Memorize them (these instructions) and convey them to the people whom you have left behind.

SHUN THE DENS OF VICE!

‘Umâr (RA) states that he heard Nabî saw.gif (854 bytes)say: “Whoever believes in Allâh and the Last Day should not sit at a table at which khamar (intoxicants) are consumed.” (Tirmidhi)

Caliph ‘Umâr ibn Abdul-Aziz once ordered that a group of people caught drinking at a party be flogged. He was told that among them was a person fasting. He said, “Begin with him, have you not heard the Qur’ân say “He has indeed revealed to you (the following injunction) in the book, that when you hear the verses of Allâh, held in defiance and ridicule do not sit with them until they turn to a different theme, For if you do so you will be like them…” (Sûrah Al-Nisâ, âyah 140).

ENMITY AND HATRED:

“Shaitân’s plan is to incite enmity and hatred between you, through intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the remembrance of Allâh and prayer. Will you not desist!” (Sûrah Al-Mâ’idah, âyah 92)

Drink has drained more blood,

Sold more homes

Plunged more people into bankruptcy

Armed more civilians

Snapped more wedding rings

Blinded more eyes

Twisted more limbs

Dethroned more intellects

Dishonoured more women of womanhood.

Broken more hearts

Blasted more lives

Dug more graves … than any other poisoned scourge that swept its death-dealing waves across the world.

CONCLUSION:

It has been reported by Ibn Mas’ûd (RA) that Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) said: “The decline and fall of Bani Isra’îl started thus: when the pious among them saw certain sins being committed by the transgressors, they forbade them from doing the same; but when the sinners did not repent, the pious because of their relationship and friendship continued to mix with them. So, when this state of affairs began to prevail, Allâh caused their hearts to be accursed in the same manner.” (i.e. the hearts were also affected with the disobedience of the transgressors). Then in support of this, Nabî (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) recited a verse of the Holy Qur’ân, which says: “The disobedient and the transgressors among the Bâni Isra’îl were accursed by Allâh.” On this, Nabî r emphatically instructed his companions: ‘(To avoid such decline) you people must enjoin upon others to do good deeds and prevent them from doing forbidden things; you should restrain every tyrant from tyranny and invite him towards truth and justice.’

· WE NEED TO EDUCATE SOCIETY TO SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY BOYCOTT THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS.

· WE NEED TO DEVELOP A MORAL VALUE SYSTEM WHICH WOULD TREAT DRUG MERCHANTS AS THE SCUM OF SOCIETY, WHO DESERVE NO RESPECT OR SYMPATHY.

NABÎ (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Sallam) HAS SAID: “DO NOT SOCIALIZE WITH THE ADDICTS OF INTOXICANTS, DO NOT VISIT THEIR SICK, NOR ATTEND THEIR FUNERALS.”

AS MUSLIMS WE ARE BOUND TO FIRST WARN AND PREVENT THE PEOPLE FROM INDULGING IN THOSE EVILS AND IF THEY PERSIST THEN TO OSTRACIZE THEM, AND SEVER ALL TIES WITH THEM UNTIL THEY REPENT.

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