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Not Even as Medicine

Guidance - II

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) cursed ten (persons) with regard to alcohol: “The one who squeezes (the grapes, etc.), the one who asks for it to be squeezed, the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one for whom it is bought, the one who pours it, the one for whom it is poured, until he counted ten like this.”

(Ibn Majah)

This is one of the hadiths which make it clear to the world that Islam is all for banishing alcohol and all other substances that tell badly upon the mind and body of the consumer in particular and his family and society at large. Allah’s Messenger has cursed those who are involved in any capacity in the production, sale or consumption of alcohol.

The Blessed Messenger has also prohibited the use of alcohol even as gift or medicine. When the ayat of prohibition was revealed, his companions wanted some clarifications. When asked if such liquor might be offered to the Jews as a gift, the Blessed Messenger replied in the negative and said: “He who has prohibited it has also required it not to be given away as a gift.” A person asked insistently whether or not an intoxicant could be used as medicine. The Blessed Messenger replied that far from being a remedy for any malady it was in itself a malady.



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