What Is an Intoxicant?

Shaykh Jamir Meah clarifies the rulings regarding intoxicants and the moral responsibility of someone who is intoxicated. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. Shafi‘i jurists determined that liquid intoxicants are impure. What is the precise definition of an intoxicant and what are the symptoms of intoxication? Do symptoms like blurred vision, dizziness, vertigo, […]

Are Intoxicants Permissible for Medical Use?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum I have read many Fatwa’s which say that grape wine is absolutely impermissible for a Muslim to consume because of its intoxicating properties. Yet, when one is prescribed pain medication for back pain (for example), they can become intoxicated by its effects. Nonetheless, pain medication is not […]

Is Beer Battered Shrimp Halal?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I was reading your response about the Hanafi position on beer versus wine alcohol. Can you clarify what you mean by “(d) it is not used in vain (lahw)”? My example would be beer-battered shrimp. The beer is not used as an intoxicant, nor is that its intention, […]

Why is Caffeine Not Haram?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I have heard many times that the Quran itself prohibits Muslims from consuming ANY type of intoxicant.  If this is the case, then why do people not view caffeine, which is a known intoxicant to not be haram. Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you […]