Is Drinking Alcohol permissible in Islam

Syed Bukhari

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Is Drinking Alcohol permissible in Islam? -The Qur’an clearly prohibits alcohol. Hadiths also say to avoid any association with it. So Islamic scholars often advise Muslims whose jobs involve alcohol to find new work, even where drinking is legal. However, they don’t require divorcing a spouse or cutting off family members who drink, since you can’t control others’ choices and family ties matter too. Each Muslim must thoughtfully balance principles and compassion in deciding what’s right for their faith and life.

Why does Islam prohibit drinking alcohol even in small amounts?

Islam prohibits alcohol entirely because even small amounts can intoxicate and impair thinking. God wants to protect people’s health and clarity of mind. Anything that harms the body or alters mental faculty goes against Islamic principles. So Muslims avoid alcohol in order to follow God’s guidance on keeping mind and body pure.


Is alcohol haram in Islam?

Islam prohibits alcohol for two main reasons. 

  • First, the Quran clearly states alcohol is haram (forbidden), calling it a major sin. When something is identified as a grave sin, it must be avoided. 

“They ask you (O Muhammad) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: ‘In them is a great sin, and (some) benefits for men, but the sin of them is greater than their benefit’” [al-Baqarah 2:219]

  • Second, alcohol is proven to harm the mind and body. God wants to protect us, so has forbidden anything that damages our physical or mental wellbeing. The Quran speaks against harming or destroying ourselves. Since alcohol impairs judgment and health, it goes against Islamic principles of protecting our God-given faculties. 

“And do not kill yourselves” [al-Nisaa’ 4:29]

“and do not throw yourselves into destruction” [al-Baqarah 2:195]

Though some claim alcohol has benefits, Islam teaches the harm outweighs any good. As God’s law guides us toward purity in all aspects of life, Muslims must abstain from alcohol completely.

What Islam says about alcohol?

The Quran clearly prohibits alcohol and all other intoxicants, calling them “Satan’s handiwork” to be avoided. Prophetic narrations state a person is devoid of true faith at the moment they drink wine. Drinking alcohol deprives one of its rewards in the afterlife unless they repent. The Prophet cursed not just drinking but all dealings with alcohol – selling, buying, carrying, serving it. Consuming any amount causes prayers to be rejected for 40 days.

Is Drinking Alcohol permissible in Islam?

Alcohol is considered the gateway to greater sins by clouding judgement. Scholars concur it is absolutely forbidden, a major sin, and should be shunned entirely. Islam aims to protect humanity from alcohol’s harms. We pray to Allah to guide us away from it toward righteousness.

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al-Ansab, and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.” [al-Maidah 5:90]

The Reasons Why Muslims Don’t Drink Alcohol

There are several key reasons why Muslims abstain from alcohol completely, even though early Muslims recognized some potential health benefits.

Prayer & Alcohol Don’t Mix

For one, consuming alcohol is seen as incompatible with salat, the five daily prayers that are a pillar of the faith. Muslims strive to keep a clear mind and heart before God.

Alcohol Is Addictive

Alcohol is also highly addictive and toxic in nature. The Prophet Muhammad warned it can overtake people, like a disease without cure. We all know how alcoholism can ruin lives.

Consumption Of Alcohol Clouds The Intelligence

Drinking also clouds reasoning and judgment, which are so vital in Islam. Muslims aim to maintain sharp intellect and rational thought to distinguish right from wrong. Alcohol hinders that discernment.

It Makes People Forget

Another concern is that intoxication causes people to forget responsibilities and stray from Quranic principles. Being fully present and mindful is important in worship.

Alcohol Makes People Commit Crimes

Finally, the loss of inhibition from drinking often leads to crime, violence and social problems. That’s why alcohol is called the “key of all evil” in Islam. It can unlock people’s worst behaviors.

So in summary, Muslims steer clear of alcohol to keep minds clear for prayer, avoid addiction, uphold morals, remember duties, and maintain self-control. The wellbeing of individuals and communities guides this Islamic prohibition.

Alcohol-based perfume: Halal?

Using a small amount of alcohol in perfumes or cosmetics is generally permitted in Islam. The reasoning is that when alcohol is mixed into these products, it acts as a preservative and keeps the items from spoiling. It also helps clean fabrics when added to perfumes. So alcohol has a functional purpose other than intoxication when used this way. That makes it halal, or allowed, unlike consuming alcohol which is completely haram (forbidden). The key distinction is that ingesting any amount of alcohol is prohibited, while using trace amounts in topical products is permissible in Islam.

Punishment for Drinking Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is punishable by flogging under Islamic law, as agreed by Islamic scholars. Those who drink wine are still required to perform salah (daily prayers) on time and fast during Ramadan along with fulfilling other religious obligations. The punishment aims to deter alcohol use, which clouds the mind and hinders spiritual growth. But it does not absolve someone from performing core Islamic duties, which drinking does not eliminate responsibility for.

Can wine-drinkers offer prayers and observe fasting?

Muslims who drink alcohol must still perform obligatory prayers on time and fast during Ramadan. Neglecting religious duties is a greater sin than drinking. Consuming wine while fasting results in two major sins – breaking the fast and drinking alcohol. Those struggling with addiction and weak faith should still pray and fast as much as possible, while striving to repent and avoid major sins. Though one sin does not justify more sins, it does not absolve a Muslim of fundamental religious duties either. They must continue worshipping however possible while seeking to purify themselves of unlawful deeds. Islam preaches hope and gradual reform even for great sinners

How much alcohol is allowed in Islam?


No amount of alcohol is permitted in Islam. Ethanol and any intoxicating substance is haram. Naturally occurring trace alcohol under 0.5% in some foods is allowed since it does not cause intoxication. But any intentionally added or consumable amount of alcohol that can impair sobriety is prohibited. Islam forbids intoxicants categorically, not alcohol specifically. Caution is still advised with trace alcohol products.

Can you drink alcohol on Eid?

No, Muslims are strictly prohibited from consuming alcohol, including on Islamic holidays like Eid. Drinking alcohol is considered haram (forbidden) in Islam at all times. While some Muslims may be present around alcohol, they will not drink it themselves regardless of the occasion. Wishing a Muslim “Happy Eid” or “Happy Ramadan” is perfectly appropriate and does not require accommodating or offering alcohol to them. Islam clearly forbids intoxication categorically, including during celebrations.

What alcohol is halal?

There is no alcohol that is considered halal (permissible) for consumption in Islam. Ethanol produced by fermentation methods resulting in between 1-15% alcohol content is strictly haram (forbidden). Even alcohol naturally produced in minute amounts less than 1% is only permitted for use as a preservative, not for drinking. Islam prohibits all intoxicating substances regardless of the production method or percentage. The only exception is trace alcohol in certain foods that is naturally occurring and incidental, not added or consumable as an intoxicant.

How Can Wine be Halal?

In Islam, any beverage containing ethanol alcohol that can cause intoxication when consumed is haram (forbidden), including wine. However, trace amounts of naturally occurring alcohol in certain foods and drinks are allowed.

For wine to be halal, all alcohol must be fully removed through elaborate de-alcoholization processes. The resulting product must contain 0.0% alcohol by volume (ABV) with no risk of impairment, confirmed through technical analysis. Only then could such a drink be permitted.

Simply labeling a wine “non-alcoholic” is not sufficient – rigorous procedures must demonstrably eliminate all intoxicating alcohol, not just reduce the amount. Consuming any intoxicating level of alcohol remains prohibited in Islam no matter the source. So full de-alcoholization is required for wine to be considered halal.