Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: WHO

Epigraph: They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard. Say: ‘In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.’ And they ask thee what they should spend. Say: ‘What you can spare.’ Thus does Allah make His commandments clear to you that you may reflect. (2:220)

Utilitarian value Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, according to the World Health Organization , warning that booze consumption was on the rise. Including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse, and a multitude of diseases and disorders, alcohol causes one in 20 deaths globally every year, the UN health agency said. “This actually translates into one death every 10 seconds,” Shekhar Saxena, who heads the WHO’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse department, told reporters in Geneva. Alcohol caused some 3.3 million deaths in 2012, WHO said, equivalent to 5.9 percent of global deaths (7.6 percent for men and 4.0 percent for women). 111 In comparison, HIV/AIDS is responsible for 2.8 percent, tuberculosis causes 1.7 percent of deaths and violence is responsible for just 0.9 percent, the study showed. More people in countries where alcohol consumption has traditionally been low, like China and India, are also increasingly taking up the habit as their wealth increases, it said.

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    ANCIENT INTERPRETATION; Often we hear that from extremist clerics that all foods are contained with alcohol and meat of pig are prohibited according their interpretation of Islam a time of Prophet Muhammad 1400 year ago.
    At that time, there were no science and technology available to check out animal health.
    Therefore, Allah and Prophet forbid to eat the meat of pig and forbid to drink alcohol.QS.2:219,[QS.2:173] [QS.5:3]
    Old Muslim clerics stressed however, that Muslims should be careful not to eat in dishes previously used for serving pork or alcohol.
    WHEREAS ALLAH AND PROPHET SAID THAT Muslim can drink little bit alcohol and the meat of pig. Look at these verses carefully. QS.2:219,[QS.2:173] [QS.5:3]. SO alcohol and pig’s meat are NOT unclean thing.
    Verily, all kind of meat of animals and all kind of drinks that harm health of people is forbidden by Allah’s law.(alcohol and meat pig are just example).
    Even though, government has no right to forbid people from eating the meat of pig and drinking from alcohol.

    How ever, even the meat of pig and alcohol are forbidden in Islam, but Allah never asked Prophet Muhammad to punish those who still eat the meat of pig and those who drink alcohol.

    All Allah’s law are just warning, there is NO compulsion / coercion in Islamic teaching. As Allah said clearly in Bible and Al Quran.QS 2;256.QS 90;10
    Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, or between a blessing and a curse, between life and death. (Deuteronomy 30; 1,15)

    He who is unjust, let him unjust still.
    He who is filthy, let him be filthy still
    He who is righteous, let him be righteous still.
    He who is holy,let him be holy still.(Rev;22:11).

    Therefore, Government has no right to enforce God’s laws. Islamic teaching is religious freedom.
    I would like ask question to Muslim Ahmadiyah; Where do Muslim Ahmadyah stand for? Should Government enforce God’s laws in order people will obey Allah’s laws?
    With love

    • alatif: I think you know the answer: There is no compulsion in religion. As long as you harm only yourself and not others – by eating pig for instance – it is up to you. Allah will reward in the next life those who observe His guidance (and eat only what is lawful).

  2. @ Rafiq A. Tschannen;
    quote- There is no compulsion in religion. As long as you harm only yourself and not others — by eating pig for instance — it is up to you.unquote
    This is the true thought of you..I love that.
    The duty of prophet and us all are to convey God ‘s law to people wisely,it means to educate people with the rule of God.
    Those who follow God’s law will get reward, but those who reject it, will go to Hell in this world and Hereafter too. If he drink to much alcohol,he will get sick and harm others that go to jail (Hell)
    All love

  3. alatif is advising the present day Muslims to eat a little bit of flesh of swine and drink a little bit of wine. alatif has given references from the Quran. I am surprised that no reference is given from the Bible on this subject, Please see one reference 2:173. But noteworthy is the verse 2:174 which is the next verse, all presented below:

    [2:173] O ye who believe! eat of the good things We have provided for you, and render thanks to Allah, if it is He Whom you worship.

    (That is the verse mentioned by alatif allowing Muslims to drink….)

    [2:174] He has made unlawful to you only that which dies of itself, and blood and the flesh of swine, and that on which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, it shall be no sin for him. Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.

    In this verse, the flesh of swine is forbidden, except when any one is driven to extreme hunger and bad situation…. Every one understands that. But the theory of alatif is not understood. alatif has taken the last part of the verse only and omitted the forbidding words, and alatif does not understand and present the extreme hardship situation.
    I wonder why the Christians happily consume the wine and the flesh of swine. Jesus used to drink but I believe that being like all other Jews, Jesus never went near any pig. alatif wants Muslims to walk on the same path, what for?
    There are plenty of other pious things available in the world for mankind. Why alatif is advising Muslims, drinking and eating the flesh of swine??? (Or I misunderstood it!)

    [2:174] اس نے تم پر صرف مُردار اور خون اور خنزیر کا گوشت اور وہ حرام کیا ہے جس پر اللہ کے سوا کسی اور کا نام لیا گیا ہو۔ البتہ اس پر کوئی گناہ نہیں جو (بھوک سے) سخت مجبور کردیا گیا ہو، نہ حرص رکھنے والا ہو اور نہ حد سے تجاوز کرنے والا۔ یقیناً اللہ بہت بخشنے والا (اور) ب

  4. A verse of the Holy Quran about prohibition of wine has been quoted as epigraph of this post. Here is another reference from the Holy Quran:

    O ye who believe! wine and the game of hazard and idols and divining arrows are only an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So shun each one of them that you may prosper.

    Satan desires only to create enmity and hatred among you by means of wine and the game of hazard, and to keep you back from the remembrance of Allah and from Prayer. But will you keep back? (Al Quran 5:91-92)

    Alcohol is causing countless problems in our global village. Sometimes ago, I had started collecting all the problems that this addiction is causing, which are being reported in the media:

    An international repository for alcohol related problems

  5. Alatif, flesh of swine is forbidden in Islam. It is very clear. The only exception is if there is risk of starvation. Even then only that much is allowed that would allow one to survive.

    A government cannot ban someone from eating swine. As you said it is their personal business what they eat.

    Alcohol is different. Alcohol consumption can result in physical harm to unborn babies, children, wives, and the entire society. According to an Emergency Room doctor on a PBS documentary, in his 10-12 years the most number of emergency cases brought to the hospital were a result of alcohol. So government CAN impose restrictions on its use or ban it outright.

    I find it very amusing that in Western countries there are laws against driving while drunk, but there are no laws preventing the person from getting drunk. So there is nothing stopping a person from consuming alcohol when they are in a sane enough condition to stop, but there are laws against people when they are legally not sane enough to know any better!

    The US did try banning alcohol once but it didn’t work…that is because you need both a people willing to submit to the commands of God and enactment of laws to make this work. Muslims countries have every right to ban alcohol if they chose.

    In fact, a country can ban farming and selling of swine if they wish as many western countries have rules against import/export and breeding/keeping of certain animals (and plants) for their own health and/or political reasons. I think the only time banning a food item may infringe on personal freedom is if it is a religious requirement for another people in that country.

  6. @ Qudsia…quote–Alatif, flesh of swine is forbidden in Islam. It is very clear. The only exception is if there is risk of starvation. Even then only that much is allowed that would allow one to survive.–unquote.
    I agree that Allah forbid flesh of swine, and alcohol..but Allah also allowed people to eat and drink as long as good for your health…
    My point and concern is the ancient extremist Scholar teach people that the flesh of swine and alcohol are unclean…do not touch—Haram
    Extremist Muslim clerics from Saudi Arabia stressed however, that Muslims should be careful not to eat in dishes previously used for serving pork or alcohol.
    This teaching is exaggerate, unreasonable, insane..what ever…because they did not have knowledge enough (do not have science, hygiene etc). They fear to primitive people who live in forest…
    Then Extremist Muslim like Taliban, Wahabi, Salafi and Extremist Shia say that Government have to make the laws that all kind of foods have to label with–HALAL FOOD–This is ridiculous and insane.
    I do not intend to promote people to eat the flesh of swine and promote to drink alcohol, but I want to correct the false, insane interpretation of Islam.
    Because of fear exaggeratedly, these Extremist Scholars from Saudi Arabia ask their children do not touch the flesh of swine…swine is unclean well as alcohol.
    My position, according to Al Quran that Pig and alcohol are not unclean thing. you can eat the flesh of swine little bit and drink alcohol— just for your health.
    According to hygiene; DO not eat the flesh of swine to much, because containing bad bad fats will harm your health.

    The same as Alcohol, do not drink to much, will harm your health, if you drink little bit good for your health.
    You know that Allah is All Wiser, Allah do not make laws to make His people in trouble, but to make a better life…
    What ever you eat and drink; DO NOT EAT AND DRINK TO MUCH, EAT AND DRINK WISELY.
    With all love

  7. alatif, you are trying to teach the Muslims what Paul did to the followers of Jesus Christ a.s.
    I suggest that you eat the flesh of swine and drink a little after eating the flesh of swine. Just be reasonable, try to pick out a clean pig for your consumption and do not eat too much. A little pig and a little wine may be good for you and will not harm you, according to your own understanding.
    May I ask alatif, if alatif is drinking a little wine now and consuming a small quantity of the flesh of swine? Please reply.
    Also, alatif: You can try to keep your drinking at low level. It may be good for your health.
    That is alright. That may be good for you. But Muslims know what is good for them about wine and swine (wine and super Swine.)
    Allah has told every one to eat the good things, and not to drink and not to eat flesh of Swine. Allah says it is not good for consumption. Now how to keep away from these two bad things? To allow them in small quantity or to shun them completely? If something is not good then even small quantity can be harmful. People will not stay within limits. Then there will be a problem trying to stop them.
    Muslims know better whether to follow the advice of alatif or to follow the order of Allah and his messenger. We know that Jesus never went near a pig. He did not have love for pigs. Then why are Christians happily consuming flesh of Swines? That was the teaching of Paul, not Jesus? Some people (Christians) have to wake up and some (Muslims) have to keep awake. Beware! With all love for every one!

  8. @– Ghulam Sarwar
    Please ponder and read carefully these Allah verses as following ;
    1.He only prohibits for you the eating of animals that die of themselves (without human interference), blood, the meat of pigs, and animals dedicated to other than GOD. If one is forced (to eat these), without being malicious or deliberate, he incurs no sin. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful. [QS.2:173] [QS.5:3] QS. (5:90-91).
    2.They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, “In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit.” They also ask you what to give to charity: say, “The excess.” GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect. QS 2;219
    NOTICE this;
    — and some benefits for the people–will be fine
    —-If one is forced (to eat these),–will be fine.
    Ghulam Sarwar, suppose the flesh of swine and alcohol are poison, will hurt and kill people…
    Allah is the Best Knower–will warn us strongly ;
    DO NOT EAT these Flesh of swine even a little bitbit…and DO NOT DRINK alcohol even a little bit

    If Allah and Prophet will say so, we have to avoid to eat and to drink that contains poison .Can you see my point?
    Is it clear for you , my friend,,Ghulam Sarwar?
    I drink beer and white and red wine, little bit is good for my health. Wine is good for people who has the low blood presure. If you drink beer a cup of day, your blood will reduce heart attack, it makes your blood’s circulation better.
    I do not eat meat of pig, because I do not like it,to much fat and cholesterol. But I eat food that contains –Aji-Nomoto is made from the pig’s bones –make taste of food better.
    Allah said;
    He has chosen you and did not impose any hardship on you in the religion, the faith of your father Ibrahim.QS. 22:78.
    To understand Islamic teaching without the broad knowledge–Surely, there are many who misguide people .
    Ancient Scholars did not have a broad knowledge at that time.
    We need to apply science, hygiene etc in order we can get the truth in Islamic teaching. Do not follow ancient Scholar blindly, and use our knowledge now.
    May Allah guide all my brothers to the right path.Amen
    For You from My Heart.
    All those who read shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; O Allah, be my witness, that I have conveyed your message to your people.
    With all my love

  9. alatif, thanks for your detailed reply. In the end, You have passed your message… Are you a messenger (rasool?)??
    From where you got the message, please??? It seems you are passing the message from God (Allah), so you are a messenger of God (rasool Allah)??. That is quite a good post, high level status. Congratulations alatif. Enjoy! Thank you again.

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