Question: How can someone be forgiven after consuming alcohol?
Allah is the One who is going to forgive. You are not going to go to someone to confess and that someone to say, ‘Oh, you are okay. I’m going to give you a couple of zikir and you will be forgiven.’ No.
Allah has forbidden us to consume Alcohol. Do you know why?
Sheytanic people saying, ‘oh, they are saying they don’t like you to enjoy life. That’s why. Everything that is enjoyable, they are forbidden, to control you.’ If you go along that line, you will lose your faith. You must understand now why Allah is forbidding alcohol.
Alcohol kills you. It kills your brain. It is not meant to be drunk. It is meant to clean the bacteria and everything, the germs outside.
Understand now, this is just basic thing, understand now that whatever Allah has forbidden, it is no good for individual, it is no good for community, it is no good for nations. It destroys nations. You understand? It’s not just a matter of, ‘Oh, it just kills my brain cells. It gets me drunk…’
Do you understand how many peoples’ lives and families are completely destroyed? Their whole lives, because of liquor? Do you know how nations are destroyed because of liquor? Liquor is a drug isn’t it? Alcohol is a drug. If you understand all of that, now your faith is going to get stronger. You are going to look very wide, very big.
You feel sorry? You came out from that drunken station and you feel sorry that you have touched that? Yes, sorry how?
‘I feel sorry.’
Who cares what you feel. What are you doing? Are you sitting down saying, ‘Astarghfirullah.’? Are you going to Sejdah asking for Allah’s forgiveness? Are you trying to run to do something good because you did something bad? If you are, you yourself, you will feel that whatever wrong things that you have done, because you are trying to do, if Allah’s mercy is going to reach you or not, sincerely by yourself that time. You don’t need another person to tell you that you are forgiven. You will know. You are trying. You say, ‘may Allah forgive me. I made a mistake.’ Never be proud of your mistake. Never make any excuse. The more you are saying, making excuse, the more you are stopping forgiveness and Rahmat from entering you.
So, that’s why, there are certain things, spiritually and physically that happens to the body, forty days, for forty days you have to go through some purification process for forty days. So, doesn’t matter. Don’t be busy with that. Some people they are saying, ‘Oh, if you drink, according to shariat, you cannot pray for forty days da..da…da…’ so many people I know, they drink and they get very happy, ‘now I don’t have to pray for forty days. If I pray, it’s not going to be accepted anyway.’
No. Do things that is going to be difficult for you. If you do something wrong, beg for forgiveness. Because it is harming you, it is harming your community. It is harming the world. It is so harmful that it is forbidden for us to even touch or to carry or make business of the liquor. You understand? It is so harmful. So, we should stay away from it. InsyaAllah, stay away from people who are consuming that. So many sheytan, they are circling around liquor. You just pass by a bar, if certain things are open, you can smell the dirtiness that comes from there. So, stay away from people, stay away from places, well in these days, sometimes it is very difficult to stay away from certain places, but try, as much as you can. InyaAllah Ar-Rahman.
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
September 27, 2014