Personally I do not consume alcohol. I do not take business from the likes of GAB or Carlsberg. Okay, we also do not accept business from Tobacco and Gambling based company too. We are kosher :)
However, contrary to popular belief, the Quran did not ban the alcohol – just like that.
The Quran approaches the issue in three stages spread over many numbers of years. The Quran see alcohol consumption and gambling from a sociological perspective and deemed them as a social problem – not a legal one and definitely not a political issue.
There were three stages.
At the initial stage, when queried about gambling and intoxicants, the Quran suggested,
“They will ask thee about intoxicants and games of chance. Say’ In both there is great evil as well as some benefits for man; but the evil which they cause is greater than the benefit which they bring’ (Quran 2:219)
During the trial period, the Quran pointed out the following.
“ O, You who have attained to faith! Do not attempt to pray while you are in a state of drunkenness, (but wait) until you know what you are saying; not yet (while you are) in a stage requiring total absolution, until you have bathed...(Quran 4:43)
Note that at this stage, the Muslims have already been practicing their daily prayers. The verse was aimed at ‘those who have attained to faith' but yet at the time are still boozes who go drunk.
And finally, at the final stage, the Quran pointed that,
‘O, You who have attained to faith! Intoxicants and games of chance, and idolatrous practices, and the divining of the future are but a loathsome evil of Satan’s doing: Shun it, then, so that you might attain to a happy state.’
According to traditions (Al-Bukhari) the Muslims during that time were so ready to accept this commandment that they poured forth all their alcoholic beverages stored on the ground the very same day of it’s prohibitions, i.e. as the poets suggested, wine flowed in the streets of Madinah.
Are we ready to pour away our alcoholic beverages on the streets of Kuala Lumpur?