Wine Is Forbidden in Islam
Fatwa No: 81567

Question

Why is wine forbidden by Islam?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is authentically confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Wine is the mother of all evils.” This Hadeeth clearly indicates that wine is a main source of wickedness. The disadvantages of wine to individuals and societies are very clear. This is well known to everybody. Individuals may suffer from many dangers related to wine consumption:

1 - Damage of intellect.

2 - Weakness of body.

3- Waste of money.

4- Becoming far from the Almighty’s Mercy.

In addition, wine causes many forms of harm to social life. Here are some of them:

1- Disintegration of the family.

2- Severance of relations as a result of many conflicts due to wine consumption.

3- Negligence of spousal and children’s rights.

4- Disturbance of peace.

5- Spreading of crimes and obscenity.

We are also advised that if we avoid things that harm us, we also prevent harm we may cause to others as the Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “There should be no harm nor reciprocal harming.

For more benefit on the prohibition of alcohol in Islam, please refer to Fataawa 81900 and 81389.

Allah knows best.

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