An Advice To Intoxicated

by | May 10, 2013

We should dislike intoxication not intoxicated person.

“”If Anyone Drinks Wine Allah Will Not Accept Prayer From Him For Forty Days, But If He Repents Allah Will Forgive Him[…]”

[ Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3643]

Drinking alcohol would your prayers be accepted? Have you ever heard that alcohol stays in the blood for 40 days? Would you have to make up the prayers that are not accepted because you are alcoholic and intoxicated?

Did you ever think about it?

Drinking wine or other intoxicants and get intoxicated is a major sin. In order for one to get rid of the sin, one involves in sincere repentance. This ruling is established by scholarly consensus.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

“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. Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?”   [Surah Al-Maidah 90:91]

Prohibition of Drinking Intoxicants in Islam

The legal reason for the prohibition of drinking wine is because it is a drink that intoxicates. Thus, any drink that results in intoxication is also forbidden to consume, like many modern-day alcoholic beverages. [al-Asadi, al-Mujiz]

Drinking wine is a major sin, even if one consumes only a drop. [Dhahabi, Kitab al-Kaba’ir]

They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin [….] [Surah Baqara: 219]

Alcohol has been the scourge of human society since time immemorial. It continues to cost countless human lives and causes terrible misery to millions throughout the world. Alcohol is the root cause of several problems facing society. The statistics of soaring crime rates, increasing instances of mental illnesses, and millions of broken homes throughout the world bear mute testimony to the destructive power of alcohol. Allah has described intoxicants among other things as being appalling, despicable, and hateful acts of the devil and he has commanded us to abstain from them.

Explanation of the Hadith About intoxicated Person:

“Why Prayers not accepted of an intoxicant?”

The prayer is the best form of worship performed by the body. Therefore, if it is not accepted, then what is lesser than this in worship is also intended. The reason 40 days were specified is that wine is said to stay in the body, the veins, and the nerves for this amount of time. [al-Manawi, Fayd al-Qadir]

Acceptance of Prayers of Intoxicated Person:

The above-mentioned hadith indicates that one who drinks intoxicants will not receive the reward for the prayers performed for 40 days unless one repents. It does not mean that the prayers are invalid and need to be made up because they are missing a condition of validity. [ibn al-Najar, al-Kawkab al-Munir]

Rather, it demonstrates the beauty of Islam because even if one wronged themselves, there is still hope for forgiveness and making a new beginning.

Allah says in the Quran:

 “Say, O My! servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Surah Az-Zumar 39:53]

Engage in Repentance

If one commits a major sin, sincere repentance is the only thing that can absolve one from it. Sincere repentance entails four conditions:

a. One leaves the sin,
b. One feels remorse for the acts committed,
c. One resolves to not return to it, and
d. One pays back or returns what one owes if the sin involves the rights of others.

No one should ever despair Allah’s mercy if they’ve truly repented. He is the only One who can forgive us for the wrong we willingly commit. He is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Allah says in Qur’an:

And [saying], “Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor. But if you turn away, then indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a great Day” [Surah Hud 11:3]

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