Explaining to a non-Muslim about the prohibition of alcohol in Islam

Q: I have come into contact with a guy at work, who had already researched a lot about Islam via the internet. So I’ve explained to him that to be a Muslim he requires belief in Tawhid (Monotheism) and Risaalat (the prophethood of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). I took him to the Musjid to see how we offer Salaah etc. He says he believes in Monotheism, but now he’s got one question. Why could Islam unconditionally stop/forbid Alcohol, while it only regulated Slavery, and did not forbid it? I couldn’t answer him, I replied by saying that it was eventually forbidden, and it was over a period of time, so that the people will willingly accept and obey, he was however not satisfied with my answer. Is there anything wrong in what I said? and please provide an answer.


A: Forget about him. Alcohol etc. are secondary issues. There is no point in talking about secondary issues when he has not accepted the fundamental issues. Don’t waste your time with such people.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)