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It is defined that alcoholic drinks, gambling, and foretelling are a loathsome evil

of Satans doing in Quran. What do they have to do with Satan?

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Alcoholic drinks, gambling, and to hope for help from foretelling are considered
Satans excrement. Quran states on this matter as follows:

O you who believe! Intoxicants, games of chance, sacrifices to (anything serving

the function of) idols (and at places consecrated for offerings to other than God),
and (the pagan practice of) divination by arrows (and similar practices) are a
loathsome evil of Satans doing; so turn wholly away from it so that you may prosper
(in both worlds). Satan only seeks to provoke enmity and hatred among you by means
of intoxicants and games of chance, and to bar you from the remembrance of God and
from Prayer. So, then, will you abstain? (Al-Maidah Surah, 5:90, 91)

In a hadith narrated by Hazrath Aisha, Messenger of God (pbuh) states, All drinks
that intoxicate are unlawful (to drink)." (1) And anything, which is done, while
consuming alcohol is prohibited. Anas Bin Malik narrated, Messenger of God cursed
ten people in connection with wine: the wine-presser, the one who has it pressed,
the one who drinks it, the one who conveys it, the one to whom it is conveyed, the
one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who benefits from the price paid
for it, the one who buys it, and the one for whom it is bought. (2)

Companions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) took it so seriously that they even

considered drinking alcoholic drinks equal to idolatry. Abu Musa, on this matter
used to say, "It is all the same to me whether I drink wine or worship this pillar
instead of God." (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3660)

However, just because the complete prohibition of alcohol came with time and
progress; and when we know that there were drunken people among the companions even
in the time of Uhud and Badr wars; it should not be so harsh on people who have
weaknesses for alcohol and they should not be excluded from society. As a matter of
fact, once a drunk was brought to the Prophet Muhammad. Some of the companions beat
him with their hands, and some with their shoes and some with their garments
(twisted in the form of a lash). Messenger of God acted with a different manner and
said, "Do not help Satan against your (Muslim) brother." (3) Therefore, he warned
his companions how evil intention is to disincline someone from belief, Muslims,
and Islam.

(1) Sahih Bukhari,

(2) Tirmidh,
(3) Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 81, number 772

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