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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 11

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 11








Alcoholic drinks are the only poison that is licensed in many coun-

tries. However, Islam took a clear attitude towards alcoholic drinks

more than 1400 years ago. Islam prohibits such drinks. Any drink

that causes drunkenness is prohibited in Islam regardless of the

matter it is made from and regardless of the quantity.

According to Islam, if too much of a drink causes drunkenness, then

any small quantity of this drink is prohibited, because all alcoholics

start with small quantities, then they become the slaves of alcohol.

Following is a detailed study of some of the misconceptions about

the curative powers of alcohol and the many problems associated

with alcohol consumption.








Alcoholic drinks, which are prohibited by Islam, have a destructive

effect on the nervous system through the direct toxic effect. Besides,

alcohol may lead to alcoholism with its psychological and mental

troubles such as convulsion and hallucination. Further, alcohol leads to

malnutrition caused by inflammations in the digestive system, repeated

vomiting, loss of appetite, and bad absorption in the digestive system.

The alcoholic becomes careless, selfish, easily provoked, and

suspicious. He may suffer paranoia. The alcoholic may end up

being hated by his wife and children. He suffers from melancholy.

He may then end up committing suicide for he has no reason to

live for. An alcoholic may suffer from hallucination: he may think

he sees unreal ghosts or hear unreal voices or smell unreal scents.

Alcohol causes decay in the cells of the brain and the cortex. This

may cause alcoholic psychosis and loss of memory. In this stage,

the alcoholic loses the ability to distinguish the concrete from the

abstract and the real from the unreal. He cannot even know the day

or the place. The alcoholic loses the ability to calculate, to add, or

subtract the easiest numbers. The alcoholic cannot remember the

most recent incidents in his life.

The alcoholic may become unable to stand up without losing his

balance. When he walks, he staggers. When he speaks, he slurs.

Scientists and governments now do their best to solve the problem

of drunkenness and alcoholic drinks, but in vain. In contrast, Islam

solved this problem by means of one single verse in the Holy Quran,

where alcoholic drinks were prohibited fourteen centuries ago.

Once you believe in Allah, you accept and submit to His orders

and all your problems are solved.

Islam prohibited all kinds of alcoholic drinks 1400 years ago. Islam

did not wait for scientific research to prove the destructive effects

of alcohol on human body and human mind. In Islam, the principle

is simple, clear, and logical: prevention is better than cure. In other

civilizations, alcoholic drinks are allowed and then problems occur.

It is then that doctors, psychologists, and sociologists start trying to

solve the problems caused by alcohol. Islam does not only prohibit

drinking alcoholic drinks, but also prohibits making them. Islam also

prohibits carrying, selling, or buying such drinks. According to Islam,

if something is prohibited, all means to it are also prohibited. Also

according to Islam it is no use to forbid something and allow means

leading to it at the same time. If alcoholic drinks are prohibited, all

means to them are prohibited; Islam prohibits the making, transport-

ing, importing, exporting, buying, and selling of such drinks. In Islam,

alcohol is not allowed and problems are not given the chance to occur.







It was believed that alcoholic drinks function as appetizers, but this

is against facts. Alcoholic drinks function as appetizers for the first

week or month only, then soon the stomach and other parts of the

digestive system become inflamed. Infections and ulcers begin to

show up; vomiting starts; all appetite is lost.

The gastroscope shows that any small quantity of alcohol causes an in-

flammation in the innermembraneof the stomach. Somepeoplebelieve

that a little alcohol has no harm, but this is scientifically not true. Further,

as we know, all alcoholics started with small quantities, then they found

themselves chronic cases of alcoholism. A person who drinks occasion-

ally may become an alcoholic under the pressure of any psychological

shock or emotional problemor social crisis. This shows us thewisdomof

Allah; in Islamall alcoholic drinks are prohibited nomatter how small the

quantity is. Alcohol, if drunk repeatedly, causes stomach inflammations

and the death of stomach cells. As a result, stomach acids decrease and

result in bad digestion. Further, many microbes pass without being de-

stroyed by the acid, which is destroyed by alcohol itself. The decrease of

the stomach acid leads to a decrease in vitamin B 12 and causes severe

anemia. This chronic inflammation of the stomach is accompaniedwith

paleness, fast pulse, and heart failure. Further, this stomach inflammation

may develop a probable ulcer, and then a probable stomach cancer. All

these troubles are caused by alcohol.








It was also believed that alcoholic drinks cause warmth in the human

body. But facts prove that it is only a false warmth caused by the

widening of outer blood vessels. But if the drunkard is exposed to

cold weather, he loses all his warmth and energy and may die of

cold thinking he is enjoying warmth.







Alcohol hits the brainmercilessly. Firstly, alcohol has a direct destructive

anesthetic effect on the brain. Secondly, the brain is damaged by the

lack of blood that reaches it owing to the hardening of blood vessels

and heart failure. Thirdly, the brain suffers the anemia that accompa-

nies alcoholism. If the brain is damaged, all problems begin to arise,

one after the other. Alcohol has a tremendous effect on the brain,

the cortex, and the nervous system in general. The cortex cells are in

charge of controlling ma n muscles and systems in the human body.

If a driver is drunk, he cannot control his speed or react to emergency

cases or avoid accidents. When a man is drunk, he cannot observe,

judge, or react well. A drunken person loses much of his mental and

physical efficiency, no matter how small the drunken quantity of

alcohol. Even if a person is accustomed to alcohol, his abilities fall off

when he drinks alcohol. A person who has drunk alcohol loses some

of his abilities and senses: he cannot see, taste, or smell as a normal

person does. His comprehension ability and muscular balance fall off

too. Research has shown that 50% of death cases in some countries

are caused directly or indirectly by alcoholic drinks.

Alcoholic drinks have a very bad influence on the most valuable

organ in the human body, i.e., the brain. Besides, alcohol increases

the secretion of stomach acids, which will later on cause stomach

inflammation and stomach ulcer. If a person has already got an ulcer

in his stomach, one glass of wine is enough to cause bleeding in the

stomach or a hole in that poor organ.









Continuous drinking of alcohol drinks ends up with sexual impo-

tency. This shows us the wisdom of prohibiting alcohol in Islam. To

add, some bad alcohols may cause complete blindness and heart

failure owing to their severe toxiy.










The danger of alcoholic drinks, which are prohibited by Islam, is

that alcohol leads to more alcohol. The sons of an alcoholic tend

to be alcoholics too. In other words, alcohol may easily push its

drinker to the catastrophe of alcoholism, which is a fatal blow to

both the mind and the body.

In these days, countries that allow alcohol are suffering from it and

the number of alcoholics is increasing rapidly. In the U.S.A., for

example, the number of alcoholics has increased from 4,000,000

in the 1960’s to 10,000,000 in the 70’s.








The alcoholic may develop some infections in the mouth, which

are severely painful to the alcoholic. Further, some microbes may

attack the throat of the alcoholic and cause a severe infection there.

This throat infection makes swallowing and breathing extremely

difficult for the alcoholic.








At the beginning alcohol motivates appetite. But soon later, most of

the digestive organs become inflamed; the stomach acid decreases;

the digestive process slows down; appetite for food disappears.

Some people in some countries think that wine and other alcoholic

drinks are appetizers and are served with almost all meals. But this

is nothing more than a common mistake. Alcohol functions as an

appetizer for a few meals only. Later, alcohol becomes a killer of

appetite and a destroyer of the digestive system starting from the

mouth until the rectum.








The alcoholic usually has a headache. So he takes a great deal of

aspirin and its derivatives. Besides, the alcoholic usually smokes. So

aspirin plus cigarettes plus anxiety plus the toxity of alcohol itself

pushes him into a vicious circle of emotional anxiety.








Alcohol has a destructive effect on the liver also. A person who drinks

alcoholic for ten years will most probably have problems in his liver.

By means of the electron microscope, the examiner of the liver

can easily discover the effect of alcohol on the liver in twenty-four

hours after drinking. In the liver, the alcohol hits the nucleus of the

cells there first. When the nuclei of the liver cells die, the cells die

and cease to multiply. Besides, the liver fails to oxidize fats, which

therefore gather in and around the liver. The gathering of these

fats around the liver will end up with the complete failure of the

liver. Because of alcohol, the liver cannot transform carbohydrates,

proteins, and fats. Because of alcohol, the liver fails to remove

poisons from the body. This will cause the increase of the ration of

poisons in the blood. These poisons affect the activity of the brain

and disturb the drunkard’s emotions, behavior, and mental abilities.

He/she soon fails to write well; his/her hand shakes; his breathing

becomes difficult; his belly swells; and his temperature rises.

Some people think that some alcoholic drinks are less dangerous than

others. But the fact is that all alcoholic drinks are equally dangerous,

because if the alcohol percentage is small in a drink, the glass of that

drink is made large. This means that the quantity of alcohol is the same

in each glass of drink. That is why Islam prohibits all types of drinks

and prohibits drinking any small quantities. Islam prohibits the drink-

ing of even a drop of any alcoholic drink, because problems always

start this way; a small glass on a social occasion, then another glass

on another social occasion, then eventually buying alcoholic drinks

to consume at mealtime, then getting drunk, and then becoming an

alcoholic with all his pains, his sufferings, his diseases, and problems

he creates for his wife, children, and family.

In conclusion, alcoholic drinks effect and damage all systems of the

body. Alcohol damages the nervous system, the digestive system, and

the blood system directly and it damages all other systems indirectly.

What kind of life will a person lead if he has infections, inflamma-

tion, ulcers, and cancers everywhere in his body? Also, what kind

of life is it when a person loses memory, loses appetite, loses mental

abilities, and has hallucinations?

Islam has saved humanity from all this torture by guiding us to the

right way. Because of our religion, Muslims know the right way from

the wrong way and Allah has given us the mind with which we

have to choose and bear responsibility. All thanks is due to Allah,

who gave us the Holy Quran in which to follow and lead us on the

right path of Islam.





(Servings for 6 people)


- 2 lbs. roast beef

- 2 cans tuna fish

- 12 capers

- 4 anchovies

- 4 cups mayonnaise

- 1 tablespoon French mustard

- 1 onion

- 1 carrot

- 1 celery stalk


Fill a large pot with water.

Add the meat, onion, carrot, celery, and salt. Boil

till meat is tender.

When meat is tender, transfer to tray and allow

to cool. (The extra broth may be kept refrigerated

and used for future use as the liquid for your rice

or pasta).

Now slice the beef into thin slices and arrange on

platter; keep aside.

Put the tuna, capers, anchovies, mayonnaise, mus-

tard, and 3 tablespoons of cold water in the blender

for 1minute and blend till smooth.

Pour the tuna mixture over the meat so that the meat

is totally covered with sauce.

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Delizioso & Buon Appetito!!