Alcohol is a substance that is prohibited in Islam. It is believed that the Quran forbids alcohol because it harms one's health, can lead to addiction and disrupts society.
A general warning was given to prohibit Muslims from attending prayers in a drunken state (Quran, 4:43). A later verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad stated that, although alcohol has some medicinal benefits, the negative effects outweigh the benefits (Quran, 2:219).
Finally, “intoxicants and gambling” were called “abominations of Satan’s handiwork,” which warned people with self-consciousness to not turn away from God and forget about prayer, and Muslims were ordered to abstain (Quran, 5:90-91).
According to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), if a substance intoxicates in a large amount, it is forbidden even in a small amount. Hence, most observant Muslims abstain from drinking alcohol at all costs.
The Reasons Why Muslims Don’t Drink Alcohol
Prayer & Alcohol Don't Mix
A significant part of Muslim culture is prayer or salat. All Muslims are required to pray five times a day.
Alcohol Is Addictive
Despite early Muslims' recognition of the health benefits of alcohol, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) compared it to disease, cautioning the Muslim community that there is no cure for what God forbids. Even outside of the Muslim community the addictive nature of alcohol is well known.
Consumption Of Alcohol Clouds The Intelligence
Consumption of alcohol clouds the intellect of people and makes the process of distinguishing between right and wrong difficult. The Muslim faith revolves around good judgment, rational thought, and intellect. Activities that prevent this are forbidden under Muslim law, another reason why Muslims don’t drink.
It Makes People Forget
Wine, gin, whiskey, drugs, and beer are all intoxicating substances that negatively affect human behavior and faculties. Indulgence is an intoxicating substance that makes the user forget his prayers and strays away from the path outlined in the Quran.
Alcohol Makes People Commit Crimes
Alcohol is regarded by Islam as the "key of all evil" (hadith). The reason for this controversial statement is the close association between alcohol and criminal activity. Alcohol encourages the commission of crimes because the user's inhibitions are lessened.
How Can Wine be Halal?
It is important to keep in mind that alcohol, not wine as a general concept, is haram in Islam. Intoxicating substances are prohibited.
It is important to remember that traces of alcohol (ethanol) are naturally present in fruits, fruit juice, and bread, usually in quantities less than 0.5%. It is also not intoxicating in large quantities. No matter how many loaves of bread or apples you eat, or juices you drink you will not become intoxicated.
Likewise, if a drink is categorized as a 'soft drink', and no matter how much you drink of it, you will never intoxicate, then that drink is not haram (forbidden), as it does not intoxicate even if it contains very small amounts of alcohol.
Non-alcoholic (0.0%) wines are Halal since the alcohol has been completely removed and there is no risk of intoxication.
Halal Wine Cellar's non-alcoholic wines are produced under very strict and elaborate conditions and must pass a series of technical tests that ensure that ALL products contain 0.0% ABV and are of the Highest Quality. Intoxication cannot be caused by consuming any of our products.
The de-alcoholization process takes a significant amount of time and effort, ensuring the products are 0.0% ABV. Visit our "The Process" page to learn more.
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