At the moment I am sixteen years of age nearly seven teen. I was asked to go to my friends party, only that alcohol is present. I'm not sure if it is right. Should I go? I am quite strict in my beliefs and would never drink alcohol. A few weeks ago I was questioned by the same friend about alcohol. They asked: “How come as a Muslim you do not drink alcohol, yet you believe in Jesus, a prophet, who made and drank wine?” I know alcohol is haram.
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Yes, you should not go to that party, as alcohol is forbidden according to the Islamic teachings; and just as a Muslim must avoid engaging in prohibited acts, he should also avoid being in the company of people that openly engage in prohibited acts -- as it is human nature to be affected by what one sees others doing, especially one's friends and associates. The hadith of the Prophet (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him and upon all the prophets) "Man is on the religion of his friend" alludes to this same point.
Regarding the other point, one should be aware that Muslims believe in Jesus and all the other prophets (peace be upon them all). However, the injunctions that each prophet brought from Almighty Allah were somewhat different in some things (although all the Prophets taught to believe in and to worship and to follow the commands of Almighty Allah alone). Initially, when Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) was given prophethood, alcohol was not totally forbidden (although it was not encouraged either); however, later on it became totally prohibited. Thus, alcohol is totally prohibited in Islam and that is why Muslims must not drink alcohol. And the wisdom behind prohibition of alcohol in Islam is quite clear to an unbiased person who considers the alcohol fueled violence and other alcohol related problems faced by the western societies on a daily basis.
And Allah Ta'ala knows best.
Mufti Faizal Riza
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