Why is alcohol forbidden in Islam and other religions?
New research in Europe has found that drinking even one small glass of an alcoholic drink a day raises the risk of irregular heartbeat, which can lead to a stroke and heart failure.
The study revealed that people who drink 12 grams of ethanol a day - the equivalent of one small glass of wine or beer - had a 16% increase in their risk of atrial fibrillation over the next 14 years.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
The new study was published by the European Society of Cardiology. It analyzed data from 108,000 people in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Italy from 1982 to 2010.
The risk only increased with more alcohol consumption, as those who drank two drinks a day had a 28% increase in risk and those who drank more than four a day went up to 47%.
“In our study, we can now demonstrate even very low regular alcohol consumption may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation,” wrote Dr. Renate Schnabel, lead author of the study and cardiologist at the University Heart and Vascular Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.
According to researchers, this is the largest study ever done on the effects of alcohol on AFib.
Researchers say the new findings dismiss decades-old ideas about the health benefits of alcohol in moderation.
Several other studies conducted in recent years have reached similar conclusions, showing that there’s no amount of alcohol consumption that’s safe for overall health.
Why is alcohol consumption forbidden in Islam?
Many religions forbid alcoholic consumption and view it as sinful due to the physical, mental and spiritual harm it has on humans. In Islam, any food or drink that causes intoxication is strictly forbidden.
In the Quran, all kinds of alcoholic drinks are unlawful and referenced as incentives from the Satan.
In the fifth chapter of Quran, verse 90, God says: “O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, idolatry, and divining arrows are evil and from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.”
In chapter 2, verse 219, Allah acknowledges the small benefit of alcohol consumption, but warns that its harm is much greater.
“They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, in them is great sin and [yet,
some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit."
There also many hadiths narrated from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his successors that emphasize the sin and harm of alcohol consumption.