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Islam & Alcohol

They ask you concerning alcohol and gambling.
Say: "In them is a great sin, and some benefits for men,
but the sin is far greater than the benefit."
Holy Qur’an 2:219

O you who believe! Intoxicants, and gambling,
and sacrificing to idols, and divining arrows, are an abomination
of Satan’s handiwork. So avoid them
in order that you may be successful.

Satan only wants to excite enmity and hatred
between you with intoxicants and gambling,
and hinder you from the remembrance of God and from prayer.
So will you not then abstain?
Holy Qur’an 5:90-91

What Others Say About Alcohol

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
Brendan Behan (1923–64), Irish playwright. Quoted by Rae Jeffs, publicist and assistant
to Behan, in:
Daniel Farson, Sacred Monsters, "Rousting in Dublin" (1988).

Alcohol is nicissary f’r a man so that now an’ thin he can have a good opinion iv himsilf,
ondisturbed be
th’ facts.
Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936), U.S. journalist, humorist. "Mr. Dooley on Alcohol," in
Chicago Tribune
(26 April 1914).

Alcohol doesn’t console, it doesn’t fill up anyone’s psychological gaps, all it replaces is
the lack of God. It
doesn’t comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to
the supreme
regions where he is master of his own destiny.
Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. Practicalities, "Alcohol" (1987; tr. 1990).

Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink
For fellows whom it hurts to think.
A. E. Housman (1859–1936), British poet, classical scholar. A Shropshire Lad, no. 62

Drink! for you know not whence you came
  nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go,
  nor where.
Omar Khayyám (11th–12th century), Persian astronomer, poet. The Rubáiyát of Omar
Khayyám, st. 74
(tr. by Edward FitzGerald, 1879).

Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit!
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), German philosopher. Twilight of the Idols, "What the
Germans Lack,"
aph. 2 (1889).

A torchlight procession marching down your throat.
John Louis O’Sullivan (1813–95), U.S. editor. Quoted in: G. W. E. Russell, Collections
and Recollections,
ch. 19 (1898), of whisky.

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! That we
should with joy,
pleasance, revel, and applause transform ourselves into beasts!
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc.

At the punch-bowl’s brink,
Let the thirsty think,
What they say in Japan:
First the man takes a drink,
Then the drink takes a drink,
Then the drink takes the man!
Edward Rowland Sill (1841–87), U.S. poet, essayist. An Adage from the Orient.

No power on earth or above the bottomless pit has such influence to terrorize and make
cowards of men
as the liquor power. Satan could not have fallen on a more potent instrument with which
to thrall the
world. Alcohol is king!
Eliza “Mother” Stewart (1816–1908), U.S. temperance leader. Memories of the Crusade,
ch. 1 (1888).

When a woman drinks it’s as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is
scandalous in a woman,
and a female alcholic is rare, a serious matter. It’s a slur on the divine in our nature.
Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. Practicalities, "Alcohol" (1987; tr. 1990).

Drink not the third glass, which thou canst 
  not tame,
When once it is within thee.
George Herbert (1593–1633), English clergyman, poet. The Church-Porch, st. 5.

Drunkenness . . . is temporary suicide.
Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of
Happiness, ch. 2

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
Seneca (c. 5 B.C.–A.D. c. 65), Roman writer, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad
Lucilium, Epistle 83,
sct. 18

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