The Jews and the Christians, both, do not find anything banning alcohol in their scriptures and hence they consider it permissible. It is also known that alcohol was not prohibited in the early days of Islam.

So, do the Islamic scholars believe that alcohol was allowed for the previous nations or was it prohibited and they corrupted their book?


The most upvoted response by @AsanRamzan does not even correctly answer the question. Firstly, it uses verses from books that are not recognized as Holy scripture by Islam (a Book attributed to Sulaiman (RA) and the other attributed to Paul). Secondly, even if we count the book of Sulaiman (RA), there is no explicit prohibition in it, only stating the harm in alcohol. Much like the following verse from the Quran:

They ask you concerning wine and gambling. Say, ‘There is a great sin in both of them, and some profits for the people, but their sinfulness outweighs their profit.’ (2:219)

But, this verse did not prohibit alcohol in Islam.

So, it would be better if the scholarly sources regarding the topic were given.


Actually it is in the Christian scripture not to get drunk with alcohol, in at least two different places:

Proverbs 20:1 King James Version (KJV) 20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Ephesians 5:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

| improve this answer | |
  • 3
    It doesn't prohibit alcohol though, right, just drunkenness? – The Z Feb 7 '19 at 5:48
  • 1
    not explicitly, – Asan Ramzan Feb 7 '19 at 6:14
  • The Christian scripture also talks about Yeshua's conversion of water to wine. This seems (to my lay understanding) to be confusing, if not contradictory against the verses in this answer. Much like Quran 16.67 when compared to Quran 5.90 – mcalex Feb 7 '19 at 9:37
  • 4
    The Christian scripture forbides drunkeness, not alcohol consuption. The stance on it is more of moderation than total avoidance. – T. Sar Feb 7 '19 at 11:25
  • @T.Sar yes, several leaders in the NT are even portrayed drinking wine, with no indication that it was unacceptable. What is warned against is drunkenness. – Robert Columbia Feb 7 '19 at 12:54

I think the drinking of alcohol had been prohibited in all divine religions, from Adam (PBUH) to the last messenger (PBUH), since the holy Quran says:

Believers, wine and gambling, idols and divining arrows are abominations from the work of satan. Avoid them, in order that you prosper. (5/90)

so this is abominations of satan and is the satan's work, also Imam Reza (PBUH) said:

مَا بَعَثَ اَللَّهُ نَبِيّاً قَطُّ إِلاَّ بِتَحْرِيمِ اَلْخَمْرِ

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.