Islamic Failure Series – Episode 54 – Allah forbids drinking alcohol but promises Muslims rivers of alcohol

Islamic Failure Series – Episode 54 – Allah forbids drinking alcohol but promises Muslims rivers of alcohol

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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?

http://quran.com/47/15

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)

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About Mike

Hello, I am an atheist because of reason and personal experience. I am a father of THREE lovely living kids and two dead embryos, married to a lovely Christian Catholic devoted woman. Yes, black and white can coexist as long as there is respect and love, which is something abstracted from any belief or religion. I do not claim absolute truth and not 100% sure that a God does not exist somewhere out there. The scientific method is what I use to connect to reality. If there is something I don't understand, then it is because i don't understand, not because god exists. In case you haven't noticed, I am a native Arab, and English is my third language (yes there is second language). I like reading the Bible and the Quran and the critics of both of them. I also love watching documentaries especially astronomy, cosmology, Quantum Physics, and new discoveries in science in general, and Physics in particular.
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