Archive for June, 2018

Abu Musa said Allaah’s Messenger sent me to Yemen and I said: ‘O Allaah’s Messenger, there are drinks there what should I drink and what should I refrain from?’ He said: ‘What are they?’
I said: ‘Al-Bit’ (mead) and Al-Mizr (beer).’
He said: ‘What are mead and beer?’
I said: ‘Mead is a drink made from honey and beer is a drink made from grains.’
Allaah’s Messenger said:
اشْرَبْ وَلاَ تَشْرَبْ مُسْكِرًا
Drink, but do not drink the Intoxicant.
In another route the words are reported as :
اشربا ولا تسكرا
Drink but do not get intoxicated.
اشربا ولا تسكرا ولا تشربا مسكرا
Drink but do not got intoxicated and don’t drink intoxication.
(This narration is authentic and is reported in Sahih al-Burkhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan an-Nasai and others).
This hadith that “Drink but don’t drink the intoxicant” is clear that it is about the level and amount other than the substance itself.
Imam at-Tahawi explains this narration as :
كان ذلك دليلا أن حكم المقدار الذي يسكر من ذلك الشراب خلاف حكم ما لا يسكر منه فدل ذلك على أن ما ذكره أبو موسى عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم مما ذكرنا عنه في الفصل الأول من قوله كل مسكر حرام إنما هو على المقدار الذي يسكر لا على العين التي كثيرها يسكر
This is the proof that the ruling is based on the amount which intoxicates from that drink, contrary to what doesn’t intoxicate from it, and evident to this what Abu Musa discussed from Allaah’s Messenger (s) and we have quoted from him in first chapter under the hadith “Every intoxicant is Haraam”, rather it is about the amount which intoxicates not the substance itself of which larger quantity intoxicates. END QUOTE.
Ibn Qutaibah al-Dinawari (One of the Earliest Scholar of Hadith, 273 H) writes in his ‘Book of Drinks’ كتاب الاشربة :
واحتجوا مِنَ النَّظَرِ بَأَنَّ الْأَشْيَاءَ كُلَّهَا حَلَالٌ إِلا مَا حَرَّمَهُ اللَّهُ قَالُوا: فَلَا نُزِيلُ يَقِينَ الْحَلَالِ بِالِاخْتِلَافِ وَلَوْ كَانَ الْمُحَلِّلُونَ فِرْقَةً من الناس فكيف وهو أَكْثَرُ الْفِرَقِ وَأَهْلُ الْكُوفَةِ جَمِيعًا عَلَى التَّحْلِيلِ لَا يَخْتَلِفُونَ
They took proof from the perspective that all the things are Halaal (legal/permissible) except what is forbidden by Allaah, and they said the difference on this matter doesn’t remove the certainty of its being Halaal, even if those who deemed it Halaal were a group of people. Then how about if they are more than a group, and all the People of Kufa unanimously agreed over its permission and didn’t differ. END QUOTE.
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