Islamic Failure Series – Episode 54 – Allah forbids drinking alcohol but promises Muslims rivers of alcohol
This meme was originally shared by an Arab Atheist friend of mine, which says:
If Allah forbid us to drink alcohol on Earth
Why did he promise us rivers of alcohol in paradise?
Do you think Allah was drunk when he wrote this?
مَثَلُ الْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي وُعِدَ الْمُتَّقُونَ ۖ فِيهَا أَنْهَارٌ مِنْ مَاءٍ غَيْرِ آسِنٍ وَأَنْهَارٌ مِنْ لَبَنٍ لَمْ يَتَغَيَّرْ طَعْمُهُ وَأَنْهَارٌ مِنْ خَمْرٍ لَذَّةٍ لِلشَّارِبِينَ وَأَنْهَارٌ مِنْ عَسَلٍ مُصَفًّى ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا مِنْ كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ ۖ كَمَنْ هُوَ خَالِدٌ فِي النَّارِ وَسُقُوا مَاءً حَمِيمًا فَقَطَّعَ أَمْعَاءَهُمْ
(Muhammad 47:15, Arabic – Original)
Is the description of Paradise, which the righteous are promised, wherein are rivers of water unaltered, rivers of milk the taste of which never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and rivers of purified honey, in which they will have from all [kinds of] fruits and forgiveness from their Lord, like [that of] those who abide eternally in the Fire and are given to drink scalding water that will sever their intestines?
(Muhammad 47:15, English – Sahih International)
But in a previous Surah, Allah justifies himself by telling his followers that this wine doesn’t have any dizziness effect! (What the hell is it then, Lipton Ice Tea?). A wine that is not a wine, Alcohol that doesn’t make you feel dizzy… Why call it wine anyway?
يُطَافُ عَلَيْهِمْ بِكَأْسٍ مِنْ مَعِينٍ
بَيْضَاءَ لَذَّةٍ لِلشَّارِبِينَ
لَا فِيهَا غَوْلٌ وَلَا هُمْ عَنْهَا يُنْزَفُونَ
(As-Saaffat 37:45-47, Arabic – Original)
There will be circulated among them a cup [of wine] from a flowing spring,
White and delicious to the drinkers;
No bad effect is there in it, nor from it will they be intoxicated.
(As-Saaffat 37:45-47, English – Sahih International)