Liquor [Wine] – The Process of Halaalization

[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]


According to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), in times in close proximity to the Impending Hour of Qiyaamah, Muslims will halaalize liquor with the gimmick of fanciful names. The halaalizers will be Muslims. Thus, whilst this process of liquor-halaalization initiated by the muftis of this era is lamentable, it is not surprising in view of the fact that Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) predictions have to incumbently materialize into reality.

It is quite obvious that the halaalization process of any haraam act, food or substance, is not a sudden occurrence. It is an evolutionary process which gnaws into the Imaan of Muslims gradually by imperceptible degrees. In this haraam evolutionary process, the first satanic step is the halaalization of ‘minute’ quantities of alcohol of the non-khamr category. This is shaitaan’s first snare in the process of halaalizing whisky, gin, vodka, sherry and the plethora of others dehumanizing haraam liquors.

Shaitaan is dangling the chimera of the ‘permissibility of the second category alcohol’ before the masses and the short-sighted muftis of this era. This has become the hallucinatory basis for the halaalization of ‘ethanol’ which is an intoxicating alcohol which is present in 99% of all the popular liquors.

The second step in the satanic evolutionary process of halaalization, is that small quantities of the ‘second category’ alcohol which does not intoxicate is permissible. Thus, Coke and the myriad of other healthdestroying soft drinks are declared not only permissible, but ‘halaal-tayyib’ by the conglomerate of maajin muftis.

The third step in the shaitaani evolutionally process of halaalization will be the silencing of the plastic muftis by the modernist copro-intellegentsia with rational arguments such as the permissibility of consuming a glass of whisky, etc. or a quantity which does not intoxicate. Their argument will be quite logical in view of the fact that soft drinks and whisky both have the common ethanol ingredient. If soft drinks with ethanol are halaal, then there is no logical reason for saying that a glass of vodka or less or more which does not intoxicate is haraam. What will render it haraam? Both contain the confounded ‘second category alcohol’, and both are taken in quantities which do not intoxicate.

The fourth step in the satanic process will be the production of a nation of drunkards. The satanic conspiracy is to transform the Ummah into a nation of drunkards as are the kuffaar.

The puerile ‘daleels’ put forward in labyrinthal form by short-sighted muftis are lamentably ludicrous and an insult to Ilm. Another absurd argument they tender is the principle of Umoom Balwa (intensive and extensive prevalence which makes indulgence unavoidable). This has of recent become the primary basis for halaalization of the ‘second category’ haraam alcohol. Consumption of alcohol-containing soft drinks, puddings, jellies and custard by the masses on a widespread scale is declared permissible on the fallacious basis of Umoom Balwa.

Clogged and fossilized brains fail to understand that this principle does not legalize what is haraam. The principle of Umoom Balwa operates in the sphere of Tahaarat in which purities and impurities are the subjects. It does not halaalize pork and carrion simply because their consumption has become widespread. It does not halaalize riba because almost every Muslim in this age is embroiled in this haraam Fitnah. It does not halaalize abandonment of hijaab and intermingling of sexes simply because 99% of the Ummah are trapped in a cesspool of inequity and immorality in which Hijaab is mocked and rejected by Muslims. It does not halaalize shaving the beard on the basis of 99% of the Ummah is involved in this shaitaani act. Umoom Balawa has no license to operate in the sphere of prohibitions – things which Allah Ta’ala has made haraam.

In certain scenarios, haraam substances become temporarily permissible on the basis of recognized Shar’i principles, but not on the basis of Umoom Balwa. Such principles which are invoked in times of desperation and emergency are

* Tadaawi bil haraam (Medical treatment with haraam substances)

* Adhururaat tubeehul mahzuraat (Necessities legalize prohibition)

* Ahwanul baliyatain (The lesser of the two evils)

* Etc.

Umoom Balwa is excluded. Its operation is in a very restricted sphere – the avenue of Tahaarat. According to the Shariah, all kinds of alcohol are haraam, whether in large or small quantities without any exception. It is not permissible to upset or abrogate this Ijma’ of all Four Math-habs with the isolated, overshadowed and inapplicable view of Shaikhain (rahmatullah alayhima). That view is non-existent for practical purposes. Its best abode is to remain buried in the kutub of Fiqh for academic dilation. It is of mere academic value. It may not be presented for practical application.

The Mufta Bihi version of prohibition of all kinds of alcohol of the Hanafi Math-hab is in line with the Fatwa of the other three Math-habs. Thus, the isolated view lying in its grave may not be resurrected for opening the gateway for haraam and for the halaalization of liquor.

As for alcohol-containing medicine and other substances utilized externally, their permissibility hinges on principles other than Umoom Balwa. Furthermore, there is no argument regarding the permissibility of medicine. It is therefore moronic to introduce this dimension into this discussion in the attempt to halaalize the initial steps in the haraam evolutionary process of the halaalization of liquor. Carrion chickens and carrion meat are already accepted as ‘halaal’ by this degenerated Ummah. The shaitaani snare in the carrion-halaalizing process was the displacement of the Shari’ah’s sacred system of Thabah.

The argument of the satanic molvi halaalizers of carrion was that as long as Tasmiyah is recited, the chickens are halaal. Today, neither is Tasmiyah recited nor are the requisite neck vessels severed. When the whole Thabah system has been permanently abrogated, how is it possible to ever have halaal chickens? The whole system is satanically corrupt and rotten from A to Z. The same shaitaaniyat is now being perpetrated by the maajin muftis in the devilish process of halaalizing liquor.

Regarding the mis-manipulation of the principle of Umoom Balwa, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Nowadays, among the detestable things, two things have become common: Pictures and the consumption of spirits and alcohol (spirits and alcohol are used synonymously. It does not refer to methylated spirits.) This humble writer asks: Can the rule of Umoom Balwa be invoked on account of these acts having become widespread? The issue of Umoom Balwa cannot be considered in matters of halaal and haraam. It operates in matters on impurities and purities.”

The muftis of today are using this principle loosely and incorrectly to halaalize haraam substances thereby opening a wide gateway for Fitnah and corruption – the Fitnah and corruption which had constrained the Ahnaaf Fuqaha to have adopted the view of Imaam Muhammad to be the official law of the Shariah in terms of the Hanafi Math-hab. In fact, this view of the prohibition of all types of alcohol is the unanimous ruling of the Four Math-habs.

Predicting the process of halaalization of liquor, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“There will be people of my Ummah who will halaalize liquor by changing its name.”

“When liquor is halaalized with nabeez (calling it date juice); riba (is halaalized) with trade (i.e. calling it trade); bribery is halaalized with hadyah (calling it a gift), and people trade with Zakaat (instead of giving to the poor), then at that time will be their destruction.”

In our times, all of these vile acts mentioned by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) have materialized. Riba is termed ‘profit’ and ‘dividend’, etc. Bribery has become gifts, and the wealthy, instead of paying their Zakaat immediately to the poor, dole it out in dribs and drabs whilst the bulk of it remains in their business. They devise ways of investing the Zakaat in trade by deceiving themselves that the poor will benefit from the income. Add to this pictures of animate objects which are halaalized by labeling the haraam pictures with names such as photos, digital photos, etc.

As far as liquor is concerned, the maajin muftis have already opened the gateway for full-scale halaalization of liquor. [Click the link below for a refutation of some of the arguments of the Legalizers]



(1) For the application of the Shari’ah’s ruling of prohibition regarding consumables, there is only one kind of alcohol. Alcohol, regardless of the category assigned to it in Fiqh, is haraam.

(2) The Fatwa of the Shari’ah has always been prohibition of all kinds of alcohol. The view of Shaikhain has been set aside by the Fuqaha of Islam.

(3) The principle of Umoom Balwa does not operate to justify and halaalize a haraam substance. It relates to the sphere of Tahaarat.

(4) All products such as soft drinks, etc. which contain even minute traces of alcohol are not permissible.

(5) If no halaal medicine is available, it will then be permissible



(1) “Your fruit salad at home would yield similar results [of alcohol content]. However no one advances the argument that fruits are haraam.”

(2) In terms of Islamic jurisprudence there are two distinct types of alcohol. One is deemed to be intrinsically impure and totally forbidden to use such as wine, sherry, cognac and the like. The other is ethanol derived from molasses, coal etc. which is not deemed an impurity and would only be deemed unlawful if used in intoxicating applications.” 

(3) “Ethanol would only be deemed unlawful if used in intoxicating applications.”

(4) “Soft drinks cannot intoxicate no matter how much you drink and are not considered Haraam, even if they contain flavourants which have residual levels of ethanol. The prohibition for Muslims is not to indulge in intoxicant beverages.”  


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