Hate the sin, not the sinner

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man who had drunk wine was brought to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and he asked us to beat him; some struck him with their hands, some with their garments (making a whip) and some with their sandals. When he (i.e. the drunkard) had gone, some of the people said, “May Allah disgrace you!” [On hearing this,] he [i.e. the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)] said, “Do not say so. Do not help the devil against him.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari]

Points of Benefit:

Drinking wine and other intoxicating drinks are strictly prohibited in Islam. Referring to their prohibition, Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.

Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?” [Al Qur’an 5:90-91]

It has been documented elsewhere that during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and during the reign of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) the punishment for drinking wine was forty stripes; but, during the reign of ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) the punishment was raised to eighty stripes. It is important, however, to note that only a legitimate ruler and judge can order applying this discretionary disciplinary punishment.

Although there is provision in Islam to punish those who drink wine and other intoxicating drinks, it is not permissible to curse them because it is Satan who actually mislead them. Instead of invoking evil upon them, we should make Du’a (supplication) for them so that they can abandon this detestable habit and live a life upon the Straight Path of Islam.

[Hadith taken from Riyadh-us-Saliheen, Book of Miscellany, Chapter 28 (Covering Faults of the Muslims), Hadith no. 243] 

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