What is so different about me, before being a Muslim?
Before being a Muslim, I used to love alcohol. Very much. For no reason! I would go to my friends’ place to party all night long, drink a few bottles of beer and just lay down there talking to my friends. What did I get in return? Nothing but that few hours of fun. There was once, I chugged a bottle of wine with an American friend because we decided that we both want to get drunk and get wasted while walking in the town center. It was 3 hours of fun and then a whole day of headache.
After embracing the idea of being a Muslim, I sat down and thought about why love alcohol so much. Why take alcohol for no reason. As conclusion, it was for no reason.
In Surah Al Maeda, Chapter 5 Verse 90-91 :
Now to those who really love alcohol, think deeply. What is there to love about beer, wine, whiskey and whatnot? What is there to love? The condition of being drunk? Or the fact that when you consume alcohol, your friends consider that “well, you’re the kind of person that we would wanna hang out with”.
When you drink (beer, wine, tequila, whiskey and stuffs like that), what do you get besides feeling tipsy and dizzy? A few hours after drinking, what do you feel again? All the wrong things happened after being drunk. I don’t have to mention what are the disadvantages or cons that you get from alcohol. There are certainly more negative points than positive points about the alcohol, and that is why Islam prohibits it. You don’t make good decisions after getting drunk. Or do you? Have you, then? I can change from loving alcohol for no reason, to hating and not wanting to consume any drop of alcohol on my tongue for the sake of my health and my faith. I believe that others can too! Try substituting alcohol with other drinks such as coffee, Perrier, orange juice or even, plain mineral water. It’s even better for your body than the great famous Heineken or Macallan Whiskey.
Being Muslim is surely not only about putting alcohol away from us. There are a lot more things about being Muslim that I will share to you bit by bit.
To be continued.