Is wine banned or is alcohol banned?
All intoxicants are haram for consumption. The wines and alcohols that cause intoxication are totally forbidden.
'A'isha reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa
sallam) was asked about it, whereupon he said that everything that
causes intoxication is forbidden.
Ibn 'Umar reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)
as saying: Every intoxicant is Khamr and every intoxicant is
forbidden. He who drinks wine in this world and dies while he is
addicted to it, not having repented, will not be given a drink in the
Abu Musa reported: Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)
sent me and Mu'adh b. Jabal to Yemen. I said: Allaah's Messenger,
there is prepared in our land a wine out of barley which is known as
Mizr (beer of our times) and a wine from honey which is known as Bit,
(are these also forbidden? ), whereupon he said: Every intoxicant is
Can we use products, such as deodorant, which contain alcohol?
The prohibition on consumption of intoxicants doesn't mean that using (without drinking/consuming) products that contain alchol (which is an intoxicant) is haram. The prohibition applies to drinking/consuming alchol not using deodorant or other products that contain some alchol. Scholars at IslamQA.info says:
We need to talk at length about the issue of perfumes that are said to
contain cologne or alcohol. If the percentage of alcohol is very
little, we say that it does not matter, and a person may use them
without any concern, such as if the alcohol content is 5% or less.
This does not matter.
If the percentage of alcohol is very high, so that you can detect it,
then it is better not to use it except where it is necessary, such as
for sterilizing wounds and the like.
In cases where it is not necessary, it is better not to use it, but we
do not say that it is haram. The most we can say is that this high
alcohol content is an intoxicant, and no doubt consuming intoxicants
is haram according to the texts of Islam and the consensus of the
scholars, but is using it in ways other than drinking it permissible?
This is open to speculation, but to be on the safe side we should not