According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) the following have been depicted as mental disorders:
· alcohol abuse
· alcohol dependence
· alcohol withdrawal
· alcohol hallucinosis, also called alcohol-induced psychotic disorder
· substance abuse
However, Islam has simplified this issue by describing alcoholism as the Satan’s handiwork and has thereby thrown light on the true nature of the issue.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
· “O ye who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed’. (5:90)
· ‘They ask you (O Mohammad) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: ‘In them is a great sin and some benefit for men, but the sin of them is greater than their benefit’.(2:219)
So instead of considering alcoholism to be a kind of a disease, whether mental or physical, it should be primarily regarded as a sin in accordance with the Holy Quran.
The above mentioned Quranic verses teach humanity an important lesson that one should abstain from alcohol in order to succeed in life. After all alcoholism can degenerate one’s body and also one’s mind.
The Holy Quran also says:
· ‘O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged until ye an understand whay ye say’ (4:43)
Recently, it has been discovered that alcohol can affect one’s cognitive ability and memory.
I had previously discussed about the various aspects of alcohol addiction from the Islamic angle in one of my post: http://howtogetridofaddiction.blogspot.in/2013/08/the-addiction-of-liquor.html.
If Satan has already enticed a person through his whispers and has lured him into drinking alcohol, then what can such a person do to get his life back?
· Firstly, a strong faith and determination is needed to overcome the problem of alcoholism. Satan cannot mislead those who are determined not to disobey Allah (swt).
· Secondly, during the period when alcohol had been banned by the Holy Quran a novel method was devised in order to ease the pain of withdrawal symptoms. The Muslims who were erstwhile used to drinking a lot reduced their intake of alcohol gradually. Besides this, honey was offered to such people to help in the restoration of vitamins in their bodies and to ease the detoxification process. Recent studies have found that this Islamic method of gradual withdrawal along with honey is a very effective technique for curing alcoholics.
The modern methods of treating alcoholism are not as effective as the Islamic method and there are chances of relapse.
Besides turning a normal person into an alcoholic through whispers Satan and his ilk can also make a person addicted to alcohol through black magic. The underlying motive of the black magician in such cases is to ruin the atmosphere of a home. When the victim becomes a drunkard, he will definitely have altercations with all the family members and thus there will be no peace in the family. If the black magician casts a spell on the victim then his evil jinnat will surround him and attack him from all sides- not physically but on a psychic level. Every trick in the book will be used by the cunning jinnat and the victim may fall into their trap sooner or later.
Therefore in such black magic induced cases there are no chances of recovery from alcohol-related problems through the modern remedies such as apomorphine, which make the victims vomit soon after taking it or through short-term paralysis by scoline injection and electric shocks.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,