DRINKS & DRUGS: FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM

1. What does the Arabic word Khamr mean?
 The Arabic word Khamr means any alcoholic drink or substance that intoxicates.
2. What are the harmful effects of drinking?
Drinking blurs a person’s ability to distinguish between right and wrong. It dulls one’s sense and worst of all, weakens one’s willpower. It is responsible for crimes, many traffic deaths and injuries. It leads to talkativeness and laziness. It causes severe liver damage.
3. What is the command of Allah’s Messenger relating to Khamr?
The Messenger of Allah said, “Every drink that intoxicates in a large quantity or small quantity is forbidden”.
He also said, “Allah has cursed intoxicant and cursed the one who brews it, the one for whom it is brewed, the one who drinks it, the one who serves it, the one who carries it, the one for whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one who earns from its sale, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought”.
4. Why does Islam command us to stay away from drinking parties?
Islam commands us to stay away from drinking parties because Allah’s Messenger has said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgement, must not sit at a table where drink is being consumed”. The meaning is clear. The one who sits near the one who drinks, soon begins to develop a liking for liquor and easily falls into the drinking habit.
5.  Why should one be alert in choosing friends?
One should be alert in choosing friends because friends influence each other. Choosing a wrong friend will develop bad behaviour, thus spoiling the character and causing ruin and destruction..
6. What is behind the smoke-screen? Describe the harmful effects of smoking.
Behind the smoke-screen lies addiction. Smoking cigarettes lead to addiction. Cigarette contains nicotine which is a powerful stimulant. When inhaled in tobacco smoke, it increases pulse rate and blood pressure and reduces appetite. The health risks from smoking include lung cancer, bronchitis and heart disease.
7. How drug addiction starts?
One aspect of drug addiction, which is important to understand, is that alcohol and other addictive drugs are basically painkillers that render the individual numb. It helps them to temporarily escape from problems and unpleasant circumstances. Yet, drug usage comes with its own set of consequences. Once it becomes a habit to resort to drugs as a means of escaping reality, a drug addiction is imminent and inevitable.

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