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Why is alcohol haram

Q:

Asalamualikum…
I was in a confusion that why is alcohol haram even in complete solitude? And if you say its khamr then why was it permitted in early ages of Islam. And if you say people cant control themselves thats why … well thats true but I have friends those who consume alcohol but they dont get out of their control… so i was woundering.. hope you can help.
Jazak Allah..

A:

Salam Alaykum,

There are a few Ayahs in the Quran that speak about Alcohol and drinking for instance (2:219):
They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].” Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought
Also,
Kindly refer to the link below for rulings in Alcohol
Alcohol – Question & Answer – The Official Website of the Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-Sistani

Alcohol – Question & Answer – The Official Website of the Office of His …
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With thanks and regards

Ask An Alim Team