COMMENT- Two Alcohol ‘Free Days’ a week or more?

By Majed Iqbal- A committee of MP’s have urged and recommended in a New Report that drinkers should have  at least two alcohol-free days a week. The report has raised concerns on drinking habits and believes that Binge Drinking could be tackled with the new proposals by limiting the amount of units consumed daily.

The group of MP’s have argued that there is simply not much information out there to allow people to make responsible decisions about alcohol.

The Science and Technology Committee ruled out any health benefits of consuming alcohol for a better heart.

Whilst some people will welcome the debate on tackling the rising tide of alcohol consumption which keeps the 999 service of the police and Hospital emergency Services busy on Friday and Saturday nights, there are some issues which simply do not add up.

The committee of MP’s are simply arguing that the public should be more readily informed about unit consumption but are not proposing enforcement of such rules. The Alcohol industry is worth billions  in the UK, bringing in big revenue for government. So a  slap on the hand isnt exactly bringing any harm to anyone.

In this same spirit of viewing Society through Pounds and sterling and not through resolving issues affecting people and society at large, the government is more worried about the pressing burden of alcohol abuse on the NHS.

The “Alcohol Needs Assessment Research” Report, published in November 2006, identified that £217 million was spent in 2003-4 by Primary Care Trusts and local authorities to support alcohol treatment in England. In the “Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2011″ Report it was estimated that the

cost of alcohol related harm to the NHS in England was £2.7 billion.

The government has to balance the books. More revenue from Alcohol industry- Thumbs up. But money going down the drain through NHS on treating alcohol related issues- manageable but needs to be cut down.

In Islam alcohol is completely forbidden as the effects of alcohol upon the individual and society are devastating. Abu Darda narrates that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said

“Don’t drink wine for it is the key to every evil” [Tirmidhi]

Islam does not view life through Financial lens. It therefore has prohibited any earnings through the Alcohol Industry and any post associated with it without any hesitation and re-directed people to other forms of acquiring wealth through employment or trade.

Anas ibn Malik narrates that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ  cursed ten people in connection with wine: the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid for it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought. [Tirmidhi]

There is also no case for consuming alcohol in its pure form at pubs, parties or at home citing health benefit reasons except where alcohol is in minimal amounts in existing medication and there is no other alternative

Umm Salamah (Ra), the wife of the Prophet reports that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said 

“Allah has not placed a cure for your diseases in things that He has forbidden for you” [Baihaqi]

A future Islamic government for the Muslim world would finish off this destructive trade and focus on other forms of revenue generation for the Economy. A stark contrast to Casino Capitalism where lives are of minimal importance when compared to profit clearly seen in the half-hearted report by the committee of MP’s

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Comments

  1. A future Islamic government for the Muslim world would take away your civil liberties and ability to decide for yourself.

    No thanks

    • majedsblog says:

      Darwin- Capitalism places profit over people. Would you agree? Im sure you’re all up for civil liberties. Have you heard of the ‘Occupy Wall St’ movement which has surfaced in different shapes and forms accross Europe, America’s and Australasia? Right under peoples noses, yet there is talk about other Ideologies which are hardly even studied in detail….

  2. limiting alcohol is good for society….

    • 100% agree with you on this issue,not just religious reasons but social reasons as well.

  3. AbuTalha says:

    Alcohol is “mother of all evil” in societies where it is openly drunk and sold. In UK alcohol is the biggest cause of many problems . It has strained NHS, Police force and violence that brings to town centers and pubs across the country. It costs the NHS nearly 3billion per yr to deal with alcohol related problems. it has caused so much havoc on the NHS staff which lead to introduction of “Zero Tolerence”

    Given the reason they used to ban smoking one would hav thought by greater reasoning that alcohol must hav been the first thing they banned. However, the simple reason why is not banned is that alcohol brings in more money aprox £7b. so being a true “capitalist society” it’s main concern is MONEY and not well being of people or society.

    Islamic government (Khilafah) would make sure it puts people 1st and protects the people and society from such .

  4. Yes I would agree. It would be churlish not to. There is clearly a problem with the way the financial world has been operating but religion is never the answer.

    • majedsblog says:

      To make the assessment that religion is not the answer to worlds financial problems would be correct if we viewed Islam as a religion. Islam is much more than personal worships. It has a clear view presented on finacial activity both on an indivisual and a state level. Is it not surprising that Gordon Brown wanted to make London the hub for Islamic Finance (mortgages, loans, business investments)?

      It is well worth studying Islam and its view on the Economic Problem and how this is diametrically opposed to the Capitalist and Communist view.

      Thats why the article highlights that drugs like Alcohol which are more damaging and costly to Society are legal and given open space to operate.

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