Fruits for the Week

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Allah (swt) says: “The trumpet is blown and those in the heavens and those in the earth swoon away, except those Allah wills. Then it is blown a second time and at once they stand upright, looking on. And the earth shines with the pure light of its Lord; the Book is put in place; the Prophets and witnesses are brought; it is decided between them with the truth; and they are not wronged. Every self is repaid in full for what it did. He knows best what they are doing.” (Az-Zumar: 68 - 70)

Allah (SWT) said: “But recite unto them with truth the tale of two sons of Adam, how they offered each sacrifice, and it was accepted from the one of them and it was not accepted from the other. (The one) said: I will sure kill you. (The other) answered: Allah accepts only from those who ward off (evil).” (Al-Maidah: 27).

Islam is an ummatic (community) religion. Muslims have to help one another in the pursuit of anything good for the community and in the deterrence of anything bad and harmful to the community. With regard to intoxicants, Islam warns people against the danger as they affect the whole community in a number of ways. Therefore, it becomes a Muslim’s responsibility, as a member of community, to try to help anyone he knows who is about to fall victim to any of these intoxicants or have already fallen into their traps, by whatever means he can. In the above-mentioned case, at least one of the four Muslims in the group should have reminded and deterred the others from proceeding with the intention of celebrating the birthday with alcoholic drinks!