Intellectual discussion & article on US banning alcohol
I decided to continue this blog because people are actually reading it to my surprise. So, once in a while, I will throw out my thoughts, and most of the time, I will put some [intelligent] articles here. My more active blog is my xanga: www.xanga.com/inshALLAHshaheed
by Samir Khan
The US tried banning alcohol in its own Country a while ago. It was a million dollar project. The people rebelled, which resulted in violence, and the increase in alcohol consumption. Why did the
1. The Sahabas were spiritually and mentally prepared. When the ban on alcohol commenced, they didn't need to use any money to enforce the law because the people were willing to accept it. Before its commencement, the Sahabas drank alcohol; it wasn't forbidden until later after the hijrah.
2. Aisha (ra) said that if the first verse of the Qur’an were to be on the ban of alcohol, the people would have rejected it. If the first verse of the Qur’an were to be on the ban of zina, the people would have rejected it. Why? Because they were not spiritual molded into obedient slaves of the Creator at the very beginning. The first ayaat were from Surah al-‘Alaq which advised man on the Glory-ness of Allah and to appreciate His status; this opened the eyes of those who accepted. If the first ayaat were on the prohibition of a certain act, there would have been a different response in society.
3. When the ayah on the banning of alcohol arrived, the word spread and the Sahaba threw away their alcohol, spat it out, and even forced themselves to vomit all the alcohol out. The streets of
4. The Sahaba didn’t need a police force to stop the consumption of alcohol, unlike the
5. The first thing the Sahaba were taught was not the ban of alcohol or the commands of the Qur’an, but they were taught about the reality of this life as well as paradise and hellfire. This would instill into their hearts the accurate way to view this life; they lived, and preached these truths. So when the ban of alcohol came, it was trouble-free to apply.
6. The outlawing of alcohol came gradually. There were minor bans such as the command to not pray salah while intoxicated. Note that this was not an absolute ban on alcohol. This is one of the realistic methods of achievable morality which led to their implementation of the law to not drink alcohol.
So what does the
2. Since we are not at the level to challenge the
3. The members of the various Islamic movements have to be Sahaba-like. This is not an option otherwise this propagation will be useless as the society will question the groups claim to understanding salvation and practicing its pre-requisites. Islamic movements cannot be battling the dominant culture whilst simultaneously accepting it; a counter-culture is not a subculture.
4. After the
5. There were no incentives for the Americans in forbidding themselves from drinking alcohol. When there is no concept of ultimate reward and ultimate punishment, then the people will do as they wish and chaos will be prevalent in the land. This is why a lot of Americans ridicule those Countries that have lesser freedoms. The issue is not about having the most freedom, but the main concern is about controlling society from going out of control. So the American government has to produce an incentive for the public in order to come to reason with the souls of the inhabitants. The underlying motivational factor for the Sahaba was belief in