Islam and the Quran

Does having alcohol break my wudu (ablution)?

Question: Does having alcoholic drinks break ablution (wudu)?

Situations which break the ablution of people, are summarized in the following verse:

يَاۤ اَيُّهَا الَّذ۪ينَ اٰمَنُوۤا اِذَا قُمْتُمْ اِلَى الصَّلٰوةِ فَاغْسِلُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ وَاَيْدِيَكُمْ اِلَى الْمَرَافِقِ وَامْسَحُوا بِرُؤُۧسِكُمْ وَاَرْجُلَكُمْ اِلَى الْكَعْبَيْنِ وَاِنْ كُنْتُمْ جُنُبًا فَاطَّهَّرُوا وَاِنْ كُنْتُمْ مَرْضٰىۤ اَوْ عَلٰى سَفَرٍ اَوْ جَاۤءَ اَحَدٌ مِنْكُمْ مِنَ الْغَاۤئِطِ اَوْ لٰمَسْتُمُ النِّسَاۤءَ فَلَمْ تَجِدُوا مَاۤءً فَتَيَمَّمُوا صَع۪يدًا طَيِّبًا فَامْسَحُوا بِوُجُوهِكُمْ وَاَيْد۪يكُمْ مِنْهُ مَا يُر۪يدُ اللّٰهُ لِيَجْعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِنْ حَرَجٍ وَلٰكِنْ يُر۪يدُ لِيُطَهِّرَكُمْ وَلِيُتِمَّ نِعْمَتَهُ عَلَيْكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

“… But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not desire to put on you any difficulty, but He wishes to purify you that you may be grateful.” (Al-Mā’idah/ The Feast 5:6)

Part of the verse, is giving enough information about the things which  are considered to break ablution. Privy word indicates everything that get out of our system (such as urinating, breaking wind, etc)  It is possible that during sleeping hours elbows soften in the body so that with unknowingly a person can  break wind; and that can invalidate his/her ablution.

Drinking alcohol is not considered as  a breaker for  your ablution; but as a muslim you must stay away from the alcohol. All alcaholic beverages are counted as forbidden(haraam)

Allah The Almighty commands:

يَاۤ اَيُّهَا الَّذ۪ينَ اٰمَنُوۤا اِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْاَنْصَابُ وَالْاَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ اِنَّمَا يُر۪يدُ الشَّيْطَانُ اَنْ يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاۤءَ فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَنْ ذِكْرِ اللّٰهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلٰوةِ فَهَلْ اَنْتُمْ مُنْتَهُونَ وَاَط۪يعُوا اللّٰهَ وَاَط۪يعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَاحْذَرُوا فَاِنْ تَوَلَّيْتُمْ فَاعْلَمُوۤا اَنَّمَا عَلٰى رَسُولِنَا الْبَلَاغُ الْمُب۪ينُ

“Oh you who believe! Intoxicants, gambling, idols, arrows for seeking the future or luck are all abominations, the works of the strayed. So, keep away from them that you may attain the true success. The strayed ones only desire to create grudge and hostility between you with intoxicants and gambling; and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah (Quran) and the prayers. Will you, now, desist? Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and beware. And if you turn away – then know that upon Our Messenger is only  responsible  for clear notification.” (Al-Mā’idah/ The Feast 5:90-92)

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