NO ALCOHOL, ABSOLUTELY AND POSITIVELY!
Alcohol is a leading cause of traffic accidents
and family disintegration in the United States. Of the 17,126 people killed
in alcohol-related crashes in 1996, 3,732 involved drivers with blood-alcohol
levels of under .10 percent, according to government statistics. A study
done recently states that a small amount of alcohol consumption (2-3 glasses?)
has some benefits for the heart. However, its evil far exceeds its good.
Another medical study suggests that men who drink can cause birth defects
to their babies. Is that so? According to a 10-year German study babies
born with fetal alcohol syndrome suffer long-lasting brain damage, though
many physical deformities diminsh over time. According to a 1988 study
by the American Medical Association (AMA), it has been found that 100,000
deaths and $85.8 billion are linked to the abuse of alcohol, with 25 to
40 percent of hospital beds being occupied by people being treated for
complications from alcoholism. This cost is more than that for drugs and
tobacco put together. The question is are we prepared to pay this enormous
cost? Should all of us share this cost equally? Should there be a tax on
alcohol so that the health care costs of alcoholism are paid by its drinkers?
Many states have raised the drinking age to 21, hoping to reduce fatalities.
Should older people be allowed to drink, while forbidding the young adults?
What does Stormin' Normin have to say about Desert Storm and alcohol? Does
Allah, the God of all mankind, allow us to drink? Let us first talk about
the age barriers and alcohol.
O you who believe! Why say you that which
you don't do yourself? It is most hateful in the sight of God that you
say that which you don't do yourself. (61:2-3)
It seems hypocritical for older people to restrict young
adults from drinking while they themselves drink. This would be like a
thief presiding as a judge at a burglary trial, a criminal acting as a
policeman, or a sinner assuming the role of a preacher. The drinking age
in most states has been raised to 21, on the grounds that, according to
statistical evidence, younger drunken drivers cause more accidents than
older ones. A visit to area hospitals can serve as an eye opener. Many
patients have been paralyzed due to traffic accidents involving drunken
drivers. I personally know of three Muslims who were victims of such accidents
and had to be hospitalized. Laws banning or regulating the use of alcohol
have accomplished very little. Society must have the will to rid itself
from alcohol and its harmful effects. Individuals must practice self-restraint.
Adults, in particular, must teach by example and practice what they preach.
Prophet Muhammad ( S.A.W.) said: "On
the day of judgement a man will be brought and thrown into Hell; as a result
of this his intestines will come out of his belly, and he will go circling
holding his intestines like a donkey running a mill. His companions in
Hell will come to him: 'O! So and So! What is this? Did you not ask people
to do good and avoid vice?' He will say: 'That is so. I enjoined others
to do good, but did not do it myself; and I forbade them to do evil but
did it myself.' (Riyadh-us-Saleheen, Ch.24, No. 198)
Islam prohibits all intoxicants including wine and
beer. This prohibition applies to all places at all times. People who believe
in God obey Him and do not drink. Can you imagine Jesus, Moses, Jacob or
Abraham getting intoxicated? These pious men were far above such foolishness.
They were high and exalted, not by drugs and alcohol, but by their good
deeds and noble aims.
MEN, ALCOHOL, AND BABIES!
June 8, 1991, 6pm news broadcast, reported by Leslie
Lyles of local ABC TV...... A research study conducted by a Chicago doctor
says that men who drink alcohol can cause birth defects to their babies.
The study was done over a 12-year span. Doctors recommend that men avoid
drinking alcohol for 2 to 3 months prior to conception. Shouldn't we raise
the drinking age to 70 something? Listen, people, to what Allah says in
"O ye who believe! Strong drinks and games
of chance and idols and divining of arrows are only an infamy of Satan's
handiwork. Leave them aside in order that ye may succeed. Satan seeketh
only to cast among you enmity and hatred by means of strong drinks and
games of chance, and turn you from remembrance of Allah and from His worship.
So will ye not then abstain?" (5:90-91)
Alcohol Syndrome May Result in Long term Brain Damage!
Thursday, April 8, 1993, London by Associated Press
.......According to a 10-year German study babies born with fetal alcohol
syndrome suffer long-lasting brain damage, though many physical deformities
diminsh over time. Doctors have suspected that fetal alcohol syndrome --
a condition associated with exposure to alcohol in the womb - causes chronic
emotional and intellectual damage. But few scientists have traced affected
children from birth to adolescence. The new study shows many of the physical
deformities disappeared with time, but an array of emotional disturbances
persisted, said Dr. Hans-Ludwig Sophr, a pediatrician at Rittberg Hospital
of the German Red Cross in Berlin. Fetal alcohol syndrome, which strikes
one to two babies in every 1,000 live births worldwide, describes a collection
of features including a small head, stunted growth and delayed mental development.
Doctors do not know the precise level of alcohol that damages the fetus.
The study is being published in the April 10 issue of The Lancet, a medical
journal. "This is an important study to document what's been reported anecdotally,"
said Dr. George Brennaman, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins University in
Maryland. Brennaman is associate director of the Center for American Indian
and Alaskan Native Health. Fetal alcohol syndrome is two to three times
as common among American Indians compared to the general population. Brennaman
said he recommends abstinence during pregnancy. German investigators traced
36 boys and 24 girls born with fetal alcohol syndrome between 1977 and
1979. Doctors examined and scored babies according to the extent of physical
and neurological damage shortly after birth and again about 10 years later.
"...So will ye not abstain?"
$85.8 billion, 100,000 deaths and Alcohol
A study by the American Medical Association (1988)
According to a 1988 study by the American Medical
Association (AMA), it has been found that 100,000 deaths and $85.8 billion
are linked to the abuse of alcohol, with 25 to 40 percent of hospital beds
being occupied by people being treated for complications from alcoholism.
This cost is more than that for drugs and tobacco put together. The question
is are we prepared to pay this enormous cost? Should all of us share this
cost equally? Should there be a tax on alcohol so that the health care
costs of alcoholism are paid by its drinkers? Would Anheuser-Busch allow
you to enact such a law? Would such a tax suddenly become an infringement
on your basic right to free speech etc. Personally, I would favor such
a law since I do not drink and do not want my tax dollars spent on the
care of drunken drivers. The rising cost of health care is arguably this
nation's Number ONE problem. Every time you buy an American car,
$500 go towards the health care of the the workers. The comparable figure
is about $50 for Japan. So for two cars of the same price, you get that
much less quality in an American car on the basis of health care alone.
(Capacity utilization and the credit crunch cause a greater difference.)
So do you and I want to pay for a problem that occupies 25 to 40 of hospital
Here is the complete article:
CHICAGO (UPI) -- The American
Medical Association Monday estimated lifestyle factors and social problems
add $171 billion to the nation's health care bill. Dr. Daniel Johnson Jr.,
speaker of the AMA's House of Delegates, said billions of dollars are spent
each year on medical conditions caused by violence, drug abuse, tobacco
and alcohol -- all of which could be avoided. An AMA study of statistics
from 1988 -- the last year for which statistics are available -- found
500,000 premature deaths annually and $22 billion in health care costs
are directly attributable to cigarettes and other uses of tobacco. The
study found 100,000 deaths and $85.8 billion linked to abuse of alcohol,
with 25 to 40 percent of hospital beds being occupied by people being treated
for complications from alcoholism. The AMA estimated drug abuse costs the
system $58.3 billion for care, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as
for lost productivity and crime enforcement. Street and domestic violence
add $5.3 billion to U.S. health costs and are the fastest growing public
health problems, Johnson said. The study also examined communicable and
sexually transmitted diseases and found medical care for HIV-infected patients
alone will total $15.2 billion by 1995. Some 400,000 people die annually
as a result of failure to use such things as seat belts and smoke detectors,
the study found. Other factors include failure to screen for and treat
life-threatening diseases and treatable malignancies, dangerous recreational
activities, abuse of addictive substances and engaging in unprotected sex.
Other factors in the study include defensive medicine, which cost the system
$15.1 billion in 1989. The study found per capita health care costs for
those under the age of 65 are 72 percent of the national average, while
per capita costs for those 85 and over are 750 percent of the national
average. It also found that insurance protects most Americans from the
real costs and therefore discourages cost-conscious decisions. ``We've
known for years that these factors have been driving health care costs
up,'' Johnson said. ``We cannot sucessfully resolve our current health
care crisis unless we are willing to alter damaging patterns of behavior.''
STORMIN' NORMIN ON BEER
June 13, 1991... Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander
of allied forces in the Persian Gulf War, told Congress that a lack of
alcohol in the Gulf region made his troops better warriors. "Our sick call
rate went down, our accident and injury rate went down, our incidents of
indiscipline went down, and health of the force went up," the four-star
general said. "So there were some very therapeutic outcomes from the fact
that no alcohol was available whatsoever in the kingdom."
ALCOHOL HERE = tinat al-khabal in the HEREAFTER
A man from Yemen once asked the Prophet about a liquor
made from millet called mizr which people drank in his country. The Prophet
asked whether it was intoxicating and when the man replied in the affirmative,
the Prophet(pbuh) said "Every intoxicant is prohibited. Allah has made
a covenant regarding those who drink intoxicants to give them some tinat
al-khabal to drink." He was asked what that was and he replied that
it was the sweat of the inhabitants of hell, or the discharge of the inhabitants
of hell. (Muslim) He who drinks alcohol ( wine,liquor or beer) in this
world will be made to drink poison from Asawida (black and poisonous snakes)
that will cause both the skin and the flesh of his face to fall into the
vessel he drinks from. God Almighty shall accept neither the fasting, prayers
nor even the pilgrimage of the one who drinks, brews, sells, or uses money
obtained from selling alcohol unless he or she sincerely repents, vowing
never to commit that evil again, and Allah accepts his or her repentance.
Otherwise, that person will be made to drink the pus of Hell for every
single drop of alcohol he or she had imbibed in this world.
Abdullah bin Umar related that the Prophet(pbuh)
said: "Do not sit together with drinkers, nor visit them when they are
sick. Do not even attend their funerals. The drinkers of alcohol shall
come on the Last Day with black faces, their tongues leaning on one side
and sliva coming out of their mouths. Anyone who sees their filthy appearance
will know that they were the drinkers of alcohol." Wa'il al-Hadrami said
that Tariq bin Suwaid asked the Prophet(pbuh) about wine and the Prophet(pbuh)
forbade him. When Tariq told him that he made it only as a medicine, the
Prophet(pbuh) replied, "It is not a medicine but a disease." (Muslim)
Jabir reported the Messenger of Allah as saying "If a large amount of
anything causes intoxication, a small amount of it is also prohibited."
(Tirmidhi, Abu Daud and Ibn Majah)
In closing, let us hope that the followers of the
prophets of God, be they Muslims, Christians or Jews, will abstain from
all intoxicants and find true meaning in their own lives.
Prohibition of Alcohol in Islam, by Muhammad Samiullah (Pakistan), The
Message International, Oct. - Dec. 1987, pp. 18 - 20; published by ICNA,
166-26, 89th Avenue, Jamaica, New York 11432.
by: Muhammad Ishaq Zahid
Feb 25, 1998
updated: May 27, 98