Sunday, June 28, 2009

Prohibition

From 1919 to 1933 alcohol became illegal to sell, produce and consume in the United States. It was called the "Noble Experiment". Over that period of time the government spent millions trying to enforce this law. Over a half a million people were arrested for crimes associated with alcohol and organized crime had a new outlet for it's mischievous ways. Finally, they had to give up and repeal the law.

Now lets go back about 1400 years. The ayat of the Quran is revealed:

They ask you (O Muhammad
) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: "In them is a great sin, and (some) benefit for men, but the sin of them is greater than their benefit." And they ask you what they ought to spend. Say: "That which is beyond your needs." Thus Allâh makes clear to you His Laws in order that you may give thought.

Once the companions heard this revelation they immediately stopped drinking. Some of them had wine in their hands, they threw it. Some had it in their mouths, they spit it out. Some even went as far as to induce vomiting to get any out of their stomachs. The streets of Medina were reported to have flowed with wine because everyone was throwing it away. Subhannallah! They did not need to question one thing. They did not complain or argue they just obeyed.

The reaction of the companions is very noteworthy because it shows how dedicated they were to their religion. They followed the law set fourth by Allah subhannah wa t'ala. The Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salam, did not need to spend millions enforcing it, he did not need to worry about the companions sneaking alcohol around the City. He only had to reveal the ayat to them, and they obeyed. If only the Ummah would do that now.

As an Ummah we find excuse after excuse to do what we want. To dress as we want, to behave as we want, to entertain ourselves as we want. We pretend that we don't know whats right, when we really do. The message of Islam is clear. There is no confusion. As I do my blog travels and read articles on sites, I find myself becoming more and more disappointed with the kind of information being put fourth. There is more of a focus on changing and twisting Islam to fit a modern society than there is on simple tawheed and obedience to our creator.

When I find stories like this one, about the companions being so obedient, it makes me want to be a better Muslim. Inshallah it does the same for all of you.


13 comments:

Al-Ghariba - The Stranger said...

nice post. Saved me time from having to look it up. I am going to do a unit of work with my year
9s about prohibition in america then compare with prohibition in Islam in time of Rasulullah and now.

hannah said...

mashallah, good post sis

ji

Saafir said...

I never knew that Alcohol was illegal before in the US...Masha'Allah.
I bet that in that period it was a prosperous time for this country...now look what it has become, alcohol is drank, breathed in and out, advertised like food


Nice post...Jazaka'Allah Khair

Rubber said...

When I opened the Quran when I was a kid once, it said something like:
There is always somebody there who knows more than you.

So this is what I am looking at right now. There are really really less people around who want to take that journey to Allah. It is a stressful journey fine BUT if you dont't want a dead conscience:it's the only journey.
Rubber.

alshaimaa said...

First , i really really love the banner.....it's so beautiful and the font too, you're very artistic .

you said:
"here is more of a focus on changing and twisting Islam to fit a modern society"

I dunno who u r referring to... i don't understand.

lovingmylifeinislam said...

This story is very inspiring mashaa Allaah. I'm guessing you heard it on brother Anwar Awlaki's hereafter series? I need to go back and listen to that again inshaa Allaah!

Jamilah said...

Asalamu Alaikum Alshaimma

What I meant was that its such a contrast from then to now. Then, the companions just did as they were told, no questions asked. Now we have insta scholars running about making up rulings that have little to do with Islam and more to do with pleasing today's corrupt society.

The Light of Islam said...

Asalamu Alakyam,
MashAllah. How Allah transforms the hearts until they are purified. And nothing else could cause such a shift in mentality and rise our status other than the Mercy of Allah. Having taqwa and imaan makes us of those who have the true purpose it front of our eyes. Living for the Here After and not our worldly desires.

alshaimaa said...

ِAha..i see what you mean now..but that's a totally different case here...i can't imagine Prophet Muhammad(Peace be Upon Him) among us now and we have the nerve to talk back to his orders...but as he's not here with us anymore ,and the variety of opinions and sects and scholars nowadays ppl are confused , so it's very likely nafs will mess with their fitrah ,it's the time of the greatest fitnah , Allah guide us all.

Angeliquez said...

Salam sister..
masha Allaah a very beautiful post..
I felt so happy when i read this..i felt happy knowing that there are still among us those who strive for Allaah's love,above anything else!
Jazakillaah khaira sis,

lotsa love,
Amina,aka Angeliquez

NeverEver said...

Salam!

I tagged you for an Honest Scrap!! It's over at my blog!

:)

Lisa said...

I just awarded you at my public blog! Love you lots!

Pixie said...

Yeah, labels like "liberal" or "conservative" Muslim infuriate me. There is ONLY THE QU'RAN AND SUNNAH PEOPLE!