Why alcohol is Haram?
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam
Please read about why Alcohol is Haram and the punishment for the ones involved in it.
Praise be to Allah.
Selling alcohol and other intoxicants is a grave evil, and working in alcohol factories is haraam and is an evil, because Allah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Help you one another in Al Birr and At Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression”
Undoubtedly selling alcohol, drugs and cigarettes constitutes cooperating in sin and transgression, and working in alcohol factories also
constitutes cooperating in sin and transgression. And Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al Ansaab [stone altars for sacrifices to idols, etc.], and Al
Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in
order that you may be successful.
Shaytaan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the
remembrance of Allah and from As Salaah (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?” [al-Maa’idah 5:90]
It was narrated in a saheeh report that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed alcohol, the one who
drinks it, the one who pours it, the one who extracts the juice, the one for whom it is extracted, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is
carried, the one who sells it, the one who buys it and the one who consumes its price.
And it was also narrated in a saheeh report that he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah has made a covenant that
whoever dies drinking alcohol, He will give him to drink of the mud of khibaal.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is the mud of
khibaal?” He said, “The juice of the people of Hell” or “the sweat of the people of Hell.”
With regard to the ruling, the one who does this is a sinner and an evildoer by so doing; he is lacking in faith and on the Day of Resurrection he
will be subject to the will of Allah. If He wills, He will forgive him and if He wills, He will punish him, if he dies before he repents. This is
according to the Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills”
This ruling applies if he does not regard that as being permissible. If he does regard it as being permissible then he is a kaafir by doing so, and if
he dies he should not be washed or the funeral (janaazah) prayer offered for him, according to all the scholars, because by doing that he is
disbelieving in Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
The same ruling applies to one who regards as permissible zina (adultery), sodomy, riba (usury) and other things which are unanimously agreed
to be haram, such as disobeying one’s parents, severing ties of kinship or killing a soul unlawfully.
But if a person does that or some of that knowing that it is haram, and knowing that he is disobeying Allah, then he is not a kafir; rather he
is an evildoer who will be subject to the will of Allah in the Hereafter if he does not repent before he dies, as stated above concerning the
ruling on one who drinks alcohol. And Allah is the Source of strength.
mercy on him), vol. 4, p. 433