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When the verse concerning Khamr was revealed…

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Imam Ahmad recorded that Anas (رضي الله عنه) said, “I once was giving an alcoholic beverage to Abu `Ubaydah bin Al-Jarrah (رضي الله عنه), `Ubayy bin Ka`b (رضي الله عنه), Suhayl bin Bayda’ (رضي الله عنه) and several of their friends meeting at Abu Talhah’s (رضي الله عنه) house. When they were almost intoxicated, some Muslims came and said, `Did you not know that Khamr has been prohibited’ They said, `We’ll wait and ask.’ They then said, `O Anas! Spill the remaining alcohol out of your container.’ By Allah! They never drank it again, and their Khamr at that time was made from unripe and normal dates.”’ This is also recorded in the Two Sahihs.

In another narration by Anas, “I was the butler of the people in the house of Abu Talhah when Khamr was prohibited, and in those days alcohol was made from unripe and normal dates. A caller then heralded, and Abu Talhah ordered me to see what it was about. So I found that a person was announcing that alcoholic drinks had been prohibited. Abu Talhah ordered me to go out and spill the wine. I went out and spilled it, and it flowed in the streets of Al-Madinah. Some people said, `Some people were killed (before the prohibition of Khamr) and wine was still in their stomachs.’ Later on, Allah’s revelation came,

[لَيْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ جُنَاحٌ فِيمَا طَعِمُواْ]

(Those who believe and do righteous good deeds, there is no sin on them for what they ate…)[5:93].”

Ibn Jarir recorded that Anas bin Malik said, “I was serving Abu Talhah, Abu `Ubaydah bin Al-Jarrah, Abu Dujanah, Mu`adh bin Jabal and Suhayl bin Bayda’, until they became intoxicated from an alcoholic drink made of mixed unripe and normal dates. Then I heard someone herald, `Khamr has been made illegal.’ So no one went in or out until we spilled the alcohol and broke its barrels. Some of us then performed ablution and others took a shower, and we wore some perfume. We then went out to the Masjid while the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) was reciting,

[يَـأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالاٌّنصَابُ وَالاٌّزْلاَمُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَـنِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ]

(O you who believe! Khamr, Maysir, Ansab, and Azlam are only an abomination of Shaytan’s handiwork. So avoid that…)[5:90], until,

[فَهَلْ أَنْتُمْ مُّنتَهُونَ]

(So, will you not then abstain)[5:91]. A man asked, `O Allah’s Messenger! What about those who died drinking it (before the prohibtion of Khamr)?’ Allah sent down the verse,

[لَيْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ جُنَاحٌ فِيمَا طَعِمُواْ]

(Those who believe and do righteous good deeds, there is no sin on them for what they ate.)[5:93].”

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March 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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