What is necessary to do in order to stop using alcohol?
  • "The Answer:
    We do not know a special prayer to be said to stop using alcohol. It is necessary to try to do something in order to stop using alcohol along with saying prayers. To try to do something is actual prayer. Actual prayer is one of the most effective prayers.

    It was very difficult for Islam to eliminate the deep-rooted habits that had settled in the people living in the Arabian Peninsula as soon as it came. It was even more difficult to give up alcohol, which virtually enslaved people as they used it. However, the light brought by Islam eliminated alcohol from the community like the other bad habits.

    One of the names of Allah is Hakim (the Perfectly Wise). That is, He creates everything based on wisdom and usefulness. As a matter of fact, man's growing up and becoming an adult, a seed becoming green and a tree, an egg being hatched and a bird coming out take place through a certain process. It is possible to see this law of Allah, which is in effect in the universe, in some orders of the religion. Our Lord used the method of gradualism as a necessity of his name Hakim in order to eliminate the habit of drinking alcohol from that community. On the other hand, if alcohol had been prohibited suddenly, the alcoholics of that age could have avoided accepting Islam. They might not have wanted to give up their habits. Therefore, the verses of the Quran related to alcohol were sent down gradually in the following order:

    1. “And from the fruit of the date-palm and the vine, ye get out wholesome drink, and food: behold in this also is a Sign for those who are wise.”(an-Nahl, 16/67)

    It is stated in the verse above that alcohol is not good sustenance. Some Companions gave up drinking alcohol since it was understood when this verse was sent down that alcohol was not something approved by the religion of Islam. In fact, it was understood when this verse was sent down that alcohol would be prohibited in the future.

    2. “They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: ""In them is great sin, and some profit for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.”(al-Baqara, 2/219)

    3. “O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged, until ye can understand all that ye say.”(an-Nisa, 4/43)

    This verse prohibited performing prayers when one was drunk. In that case, a Companion who performed five daily prayers without missing them had to give up drinking alcohol between two prayers during the day. Otherwise, he would not be able to perform prayers if he drank between two prayers since the intoxicating effect of the alcohol would not fade. He could have drunk after the night prayer. When this verse was sent down, many Companions gave up alcohol. For, the bodies that were addicted to alcohol started to leave it gradually.

    4. “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination― of Satan's handiwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.” (al-Maida, 5/90)

    5. “Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?” (al-Maida, 5/91)"