Why Alcohol is prohibited in Islam

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. Holy Quran 5:90

Many of my non Muslim friends find it shocking that Muslims like me does not drink alcohol and i politely turn them away without offending them.Non Muslims might question what is wrong with these Muslims? We are living in the age of Tesla,SpaceX,Google,Facebook and Artificial Intelligence and in the age of Self driving cars, Robots etc.,

Unfortunately, some people think that the people who does not drink alcohol are backward and narrow minded people which is completely wrong. Well, in fact if i had not got the wisdom of Islam and understanding of the Holy Book Quran then i would have supported such people who encouraged drinking alcohol.

But who knows what is good and bad for us? We as human beings are not capable of thinking which is good or bad. We think with our limited abilities whatever is of benefit for human are considered as good. Thats is what happened with gasoline and petrol and oil. In the long run it caused global warming and many other life threatening consequences for humans. This is one example out of many. Time does not permit to elaborate other example here.

Coming back to the topic.Almighty Allah in his infinite and unlimited wisdom knows what is good and bad for the human beings as he is their creator. So in his instruction manual (Holy Quran) instructed the human beings to abstain from it in order to live prosperous life.

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. Holy Quran 5:90

Let's take the help of science to convince the rational mind.


Reason # 1 You lose your inhibitory senses.

Drinking alcohol make one to lose inhibitory senses.

When people are drinking alcohol, their inhibitory senses are switched off temporarily and result in misbehavior and people indulge in many shameless acitivites even without their knowledge. People abuse and use foul language and many even urinate in their clothes. Why putting yourself to such major risk to your character and reputation for some temporary enjoyment? Does that worth? Nay.


Reason # 2 More rape during alcohol influence.

More rape during alcohol influence

According to National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice (US Department of Justice) in the year 1996 alone everyday on an average 2,713 rapes took place. The statistics tell us that the majority of the rapists, were intoxicated while committing the crime. The same is true in cases of molestation.


Reason # 3 Almost all the incest happens under the influence of alcohol.

Almost all the incest happens under the influence of alcohol

According to statistics, 8% of Americans commit incest i.e. one in every twelve to thirteen persons in America is involved in incest. Almost all the cases of incest are due to intoxication of one or both the persons involved.


Reason # 4 Deadly diseases caused by alcohol consumption.

Deadly diseases caused by alcohol consumption.

Do you know that there are so many diseases associated with alcohol consumption. Did you just had one drink of alcohol? BTW, You put yourself in big trouble as per the top cancer doctors as given in the nypost link below.

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Alcohol causes the following diseases:

Alcohol causes the diseases

Phew, so many diseases with just alcohol alone. BTW, it is a pure vegan. Is there any rational mind out there who still wants to drink alcohol?


Reason # 5 You waste money and risk life happiness.

You waste money and risk life happiness

People put so much money in buying alcohol especially during vacation and weekends. It could potentially put them at risk for so many diseases and create trouble for other person in the form of molestation, rape and incest etc., Not to forget the big list of diseases caused by the alcohol which cause them to spend their life savings in treating the cancer and other diseases.


What Islam says about Alcohol?

Muslims against Alcohol

In Sunan Ibn Maajah Volume 3 Book of Drinks Chapter 30 Hadith 3371:

Do not drink wine, for it is the key to all evils.


b. In Sunan An Nasai Volume 6 Book of Drinks Hadith 5669:

Alcohol is the mother of all evils.


c. In Sunan Ibn Maajah Volume 3 Book of Intoxicants Chapter 30 Hadith 3392:

Anything which intoxicates in a large quantity, is prohibited even in a small quantity.Thus there is no excuse for a nip or a tot.


It was reported by Anas (ra), that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cursed ten with regard to wine: The one who squeezes (the grapes etc.), the one who asks for it to be squeezed, the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one for whom it is bought, the one who pours it, the one for whom it is poured, until he counted ten like this.

We as Muslims thank Allah for guiding us to the right path and made us abstain from alcohol or any intoxicant, is actually worth it. For us there is no need for science to tell us to stop consuming alcohol. For us Muslims just a commandment of Holy Quran is sufficient.

May Allah guide us all to the staight path which lead us closer to him in this life as well as the Hereafter. Aameen.