Islam highlights the importance of maintaining a moderate and balanced life in matters of faith, religious rituals, and societal obligations. The Quran emphasizes that Allah intends ease for believers and does not desire to burden them with hardship (Q 2:185).
Many individuals claim that Islam is difficult and that everything is restricted within the religion. I, too, once held this belief. However, I failed to recognize, as many others do, that only those things which are harmful to our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being are restricted. God does not intend to make our lives more difficult. The Quran emphasizes this point, stating that “God does not burden a soul beyond its capacity” (Q 2:286).
The Quran is remarkable for its ability to outline ethical guidelines, moral principles, social norms, and economic order, all while providing a diverse portrayal of Prophet Mohammad’s life in both public and private spheres. Upon reading the Quran, it becomes clear that it covers all aspects of human life that are essential to understand.
Yes, Allah talks about major sins that we should prohibit ourselves from. And those are:
- Shirk (polytheism)
- Consuming interest
- Consumptions of orphan’s wealth
- Eating pork
- No alcohol or gambling
- Adultery (including porn & masturbations )
- Disrespecting our parents
Looking at the list provided, many people would choose to avoid these things. However, in today’s Muslim society, the consumption of alcohol has become a growing concern, despite religious restrictions. The relationship between alcohol and Islam remains relatively unexplored, prompting me to conduct my own research. I was intrigued to uncover the reasons behind alcohol being prohibited in Islam and what led Allah to declare it as haram.
It’s interesting to note that alcohol wasn’t initially prohibited in Islam. Surprising, right? Same here!
During that period, individuals in Arabia had developed a habit of indulging in drinking and gambling. Excessive alcohol consumption became a norm, resulting in various social issues like aggression, violence, and sexual recklessness. The society lacked moderation in these aspects. It is important to note that Islam places great emphasis on maintaining a sense of balance and moderation in all matters concerning faith, religious practices, and social responsibilities.
During that time, individuals were provided with gradual steps to distance themselves from drinking and gambling. Allah had cautioned them about the dangers of alcohol, stating that while it may have some benefits, the harm it causes is far greater. Allah also warned against approaching prayer while under the influence of alcohol, which resulted in people being unable to pray due to their drinking habits. Eventually, a final verdict was given in the Qur’an, declaring alcohol and gambling as abominations from the devil. Muslims were instructed to avoid them in order to achieve success. This ruling in the Quran emphasizes the importance of abstaining from alcohol and gambling, as they negatively impact one’s spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Living in the modern Muslim world can be difficult for our Muslim brothers and sisters. We often have close friends and loved ones who may not share our faith or follow our religion. Sometimes, we admire them so much that we forget about the boundaries set by Allah. Society may pressure us to be flawless, but Allah understands our imperfections. It’s important to remember that Allah’s mercy surpasses any good or bad actions we may commit.
The Prophet (saws) said, “All children of Adam are sinners, and the best of those who sin are those who repent.” [Narrated in at-Tirmidhi]
It’s a fact that we all make mistakes and fall short of perfection. It’s impossible to know who among us is the most righteous in the eyes of Allah. However, what Allah truly desires from us is a genuine attempt to do better and to seek forgiveness when we inevitably stumble. As I continue to learn about Islam, I’m realizing that it’s actually quite straightforward, but we often overcomplicate it ourselves.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that Allah does not approve of an extravagant and pleasure-seeking lifestyle. Instead, moderation in all aspects of life is encouraged to attain a more fulfilling and complete existence. The Prophet himself exemplified this practical approach and provided guidance to his companions.
Indeed, Allah knows best what is good for us.
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