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  • Writer's pictureAnees Bhayat

The Mother of Evils

‘Uthmān رضي الله عنه once ascended the pulpit and said:

“O People! Abstain from alcohol, for it is the mother of evils. A devoted worshipper from the people before you would frequent the masjid. A prostitute once decided to seduce him, and so instructed her attendant who coaxed him into the house, upon which she locked the door. She had with her a pitcher of alcohol and a child, and said to him, ‘You shall not leave here until you either drink a glass of this wine, or have intercourse with me, or kill the child; or else I shall scream, saying, ‘He forced himself into my house.’ Who do you think will believe you?’

The man’s resolve took a hit, and he said, ‘As for zinā (Adultery/fornication), I will not commit it, and I will not kill the child either.’ Thus, he drank the glass of wine. He then said, ‘Give me more’, so she gave it to him. By Allāh! he did not stop until he committed adultery with the woman, and killed the child.”

‘Uthmān رضي الله عنه further said, “Abstain from it, for indeed it is the mother of evil. By Allāh! Īmān and wine cannot assemble in the heart of a man except that one will soon get rid of the other.”[1]

[1] An-Nasā’ī, Ibn Ḥibbān

فقد أخرج النسائي وابن حبان في صحيحه أن عثمان رضي الله عنه قام خطيباً فقال: ((أيها الناس: اتقوا الخمر فإنها أم الخبائث، وأن رجلاً ممن كان قبلكم من العباد كان يختلف إلى المسجد فلقيته امرأة سوء، فأمرت جاريتها فأدخلته المنزل، فأغلقت الباب وعندها باطية من خمر، وعندها صبي، فقالت له: لا تفارقني حتى تشرب كأساً من هذا الخمر أو تواقعني أو تقتل الصبي وإلا صحت -أي: صرخت وقلت: دخل علي في بيتي، فمن ذا الذي يصدقك؟ فضعف الرجل عند ذلك وقال: أما الفاحشة فلا آتيها، وأما النفس فلا أقتلها، فشرب كأس الخمر.

فقال: زيديني فزادته، فو الله ما برح حتى واقع المرأة وقتل الصبي)) .

قال عثمان رضي الله عنه: ((فاجتنبوها فإنها أم الخبائث، وإنه والله لا يجتمع الإيمان والخمر في قلب رجل إلا يوشك أحدهما أن يذهب بالآخر))

#wine #alcohol #addiction #evil #adultery #fornication #zina #killinginnocents #killingachild

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