Friday, August 12, 2005

Contradictions In The Quran: Wine: Good Or Bad?

Question: Wine: Good or bad? Wine is forbidden for a Muslim here on earth:
O you who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divine arrows are only an infamy of Satan's handiwork. Leave it aside that you may succeed. -- Sura 5:90
See also Sura 2:219. On the other hand in Paradise are rivers of wine:
A similitude of the Garden which those who keep their duty (to Allah) are promised: Therein are rivers of water unpolluted ... and rivers of wine delicious to the drinkers. -- Sura 47:15
Surely the pious will be in bliss ... their thirst will be slaked with pure wine sealed. -- Sura 83:22,25
Is wine good or bad? Is us forbidden on earth something that is truly good? Or is in Paradise not only allowed but provided in overflowing measures (rivers of...) something that is so bad that it is even called "Satan's handiwork"?
Answer: Different wine in heaven in different circumstances no evil that can be associated with wine and no cars to drive or demostic violence. In earht alcohol is associated with evil as gambling and make us loose the time that we would use to worship God: "O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?" [Qur'ân 5:90-91]
There is some profits in wine and gambling but the harm is much more than the profit as the verse"They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: "What is beyond your needs." Thus doth Allah Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may consider." [Qur'ân 2:219]
The wine of paradise is quite different as the verses: "In gardens of felicity, facing each other on thrones, round will be passed a cup from a clear flowing fountain, crystal white, of a taste delicious to those who drink thereof, Free from headiness; Nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom." [Qur'ân 37:43-47]
"Their thirst will be slaked with Pure Wine sealed" [Qur'ân 83:25]
"(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord." [Qur'ân 47:15]. I never drank any alcohol in my life and I think I made the right choice. For non-Muslims we do not care what kind of beer they drink it is not our business.