Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reference: Kashmiris uncork old habits, Bangkok Post, May 28, 2008

An article in the Bangkok Post about wine shops in Kashmir says that is is "forbidden for Muslims to consume alcohol" and that the Koran says that wine is "the abomination of Satan" (Kashmiris uncork old habits, Bangkok Post, May 28, 2008). These statements are not accurate. Wine is actually celebrated in Islam and an unlimited quantity of it is promised to Muslims when they ascend to heaven. The Koran does not forbid Muslims from drinking but it does forbid them from becoming drunk. Those that cannot drink in moderation must not drink at all only as a way of avoiding drunkenness.

Cha-am Jamal

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