While elaborating on
the wine drinking habits of some of the Caliphs of Islam, Phillip K. Hitti,
the eminent historian of the Arabs writes, “Khamr, made of dates was the
favourite. Ibn Khaldun argues that such personages as al-Rashid and al-Ma’mun
used only nabidh, prepared by soaking grapes, raisins or dates in water
and allowing the juice to ferment slightly. Such drink was judged legal
under certain conditions by at least one
jurisprudence, the Hanafite. Muhammad himself drank it, especially before
it was three days old.” (History of the Arabs; Philip K. Hitti, ch.
In case you thought
that P.K. Hitti was an infidel author, so his words cannot be trusted,
here is a foot note that he cites to back up his claims.
Foot note 5: Mishkah,
vol. ii, pp.172-3; ibn Hanbal, Musnad (
, 1313), vol.i, pp. 240, 287, 320; Bukhari, vol. vi, p.232
In the same
book, on p.227, Phillip K. Hitti lists the name of habitual drinkers among
the Ummayad Caliphs; such as:
I (680-683): he was Muawiyah’s son. He drank daily and won the title
the Yazid of wines.
al-Malik (685-705): he drank once a month; but drank so heavily that
he had to use ant-vomiting medicine to pacify his drinking bout.
I (705-715): he drank every other day.
((724-743): He drank every Friday after the divine service.
II (743-744): Yazid II’s son. He would swim habitually in a pool of
wine of which he would gulp enough to lower the surface appreciably.
He also shot the Qur’an to pieces with his bow and arrow.
Phillip K. Hitti authenticates his claims by foot-noting impeccable
Islamic historians, such as: Aghani, Iqd, Masudi and Al-Nawaji.
those Caliphs (the protectors of Islam) knew Muhammad’s Islam
exceedingly well, because they ruled immediately after Muhammad’s death.
If wine was haramzed by Muhammad
they would have definitely refrained from consuming such haramized
stuff; since none of them was reported to have consumed a single piece of
pork and/or any other haram
The total ban
on the consumption of wine was truly enforced by the Abbasids, whose
founder Abu al-Abbas, having the sobriquet al-Saffat
(the blood shedder) was an absolutely cruel, deranged, despotic warlord
who was bent to proclaim his brand of extreme chastisement (read Islam)
through mindless torture and barbarism. It was during the Abbasid period
that the first comprehensive compilation of hadis
(Bukhari) was completed. This was around 830-840—almost 200 years after
is: who knew Muhammad’s Islam better—the Ummayad’s, who were in
charge of Islam soon after his death, or the Abbasid’s whose brand of
Islam was instituted after a long elapse of almost 200 years?
Abbasid Caliph al-Mamun was a regular drinker of wine. (Hitti, p.306)
Here are a few
ahadith on the ‘haramisation’
of alcoholic drink (I have cited only the main message, for details refer
to the hadis number quoted):
All intoxicant drinks including
wines are haram…1.4.243
The selling of alcoholic drinks
were made unlawful in the year of the conquest of
...Sahih Bukhari: 5.59.590
Usury and trade in alcoholic drink
were banned at the same time…6.60.64, 65, 66
Drinking and selling of wine is
forbidden…: 10.3835, 3836, 3838, 3839
Every drink that causes
intoxication is forbidden… 23.4956, 4957
Wine cannot be used as a medicine;
it is an ailment… 23.4892
Abu Dawud: [http://www.luc.edu/orgs/msa/abudawud/index.htm
Wine is not a medicine but a
The making and selling of wine is
haram…Malik’s Muwatta: 42.5.12
Wine is a work of Satan…Malik’s
The Qur’an does not at all proscribe wine drinking. The ban on alcoholic
drinks was certainly a later innovation by the Abbasids. They used
questionable ahadith to
institute such a ban. No one condones the harmful effects of excessive
drinking; but it is simply too harsh the Islamic penalty (from 80 lashes
to death for the repeat offenders) for occasional indulgence in a cup or
two of red wine. As suggested by many cardiologists, this may even be
beneficial for health, While the infidels enjoy wine and beat the Muslims
hands down in maintaining good health and hygiene, the Muslims, on the
other hand, mostly suffer from ill-health and poor hygiene. They must
reflect on this reality and let those Muslims who like to drink in limited
quantity do so without fear or prejudice. This is a basic right of a
citizen which is often denied in Islamic Paradises. This forced inhibition
on drink is totally unfair and tormenting. The Qur’an confirms that they
have the right to consume alcohol—if they choose so.
Kasem writes from
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