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Consuming Alcohol

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Q: I am in the field of politics. Most of time we have to have alcohol with seniors but I am now going to go for umrah. After returning umrah can I consume alcohol?

A:
What do you mean by you have to have alcohol with seniors? There is no such compulsion. Who is more important in your life; your seniors or Allah and His Rasool Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam?

You are having alcohol because you want to, not because you have to. Everyone knows that alcohol is forbidden for Muslims and your seniors know that too.

Go for Umrah and make Taubah (repent) for consuming alcohol and promise Allah that you will never drink again.

If politics is making you do Haraam then leave the politics. Your first duty is to Allah Ta'aala and not those seniors.

How can you even ask whether you can return to alcohol?  Leave it for the sake of Allah!

Almighty Allah states in the Holy Qur'aan: O Believers! Verily wine is filth of Shaytaan, so abstain totally from it; (Surah 5: 90) And: “They ask you about wine and gambling; Say: In it is there is great sin…. (Surah 2:219)

The following appears in a hadith: He who drinks wine, Allah Ta'ala shall not except his salaah for 40 days. If he makes repents, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks wine again, Allah shall not accept his salaah for 40 days. If he repents again, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks wine again, Allah shall not accept his salaah for 40 days. If he repents again, Allah will accept his repentance. If he drinks it the fourth time, then Allah will not accept his repentance. If he dies, he will enter Hell, In Hell he will be made to drink from the pus of the people of Jahannum. This is narrated by Ibn Majah and Tirmizhi

As for alcohol, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa Sallam) said: “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day shall not sit at a table on which wine is served.” (Narrated by Imams Ahmad and Bayhaqi) This means that it is Haraam to be in an eating place where wine is served.

So you should not remain with them when they are drinking alcohol.

Moulana Yusuf Laher


Eating without Permission

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Q: If someone ate something for which they never asked permission is their salaah and fast etc. accepted?

A:
If something was eaten without the owner’s permission then until permission is not taken or until the owner is compensated for the item, the acceptance of one’s duas and acts of worship is suspended. Once the owner makes one maaf or is paid for his item then the acceptance of past acts of worship goes through. If the owner is not available then by giving the value of that item in sadaqa, the acceptance of worship will once again apply.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai
Darul-Uloom Abubakr

Kefir Milk Halaal Status

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Q: I have been prescribed kefir milk for my heath issues. The milk is made from kefir milk grains. It has to ferment for 24 hours before consuming. Is this milk halal? It looks like buttermilk.

A:
Kefir milk is indeed made from kefir grains and becomes a drink similar to yoghurt or buttermilk. There is a fermentation process that takes place, thus resulting in the production of a very small content of alcohol in the milk. But this does not intoxicate at all. Kefir grains are obtained naturally, so these are halaal. Therefore, it will be permissible to consume the kefir milk.

Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Energy Drinks

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Q: Are energy drinks like Red Bull allowed in Islam?

A:
It depends on the ingredients. If it contains a Haraam ingredient then it will not be permissible.

Also, you have to consider the adverse effects of such drinks on your health.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Eating Haraam Unintentionally

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Q: If somebody feeds you something haraam and you find out later that it was haraam will you get the punishment of your prayers not being accepted for 40 days?

A:
It was done unintentionally. Istighfaar (asking repentance) should still be done and it will not affect the prayers.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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