Drugs and Alcohol

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za


1. Alcohol is haraam and prohibited in Islam due to the fact that after having it, a person loses his senses and can not remember what he is doing and also you can get addicted to alcohol. My question is that if someone uses alcohol only for socialising, if he has a  few sips will it be fine or not?

2. There are some drugs which only boost your energy but you remain in your senses, such as cocaine and some other drugs. How does Islam differentiate between them. You remain in your senses but its not alcohol. Red bull drink also boosts the energy. Please explain. 



1. Even one drop is haraam. There is no difference between a drop of alcohol and a drop of urine.

2. Drugs that will bring about abnormal behaviour is very much similar to alcohol. The common factor in both is that these things make you feel what you aren’t and this is obvious disaster and destruction.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)