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Offline mclinkin94

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Does "Khamar" mean you can't have Ice Cream?
« on: August 06, 2020, 01:39:54 AM »
A lot of ice cream uses a little bit of vanilla extract which has 35% alcohol in it.

Does "khamar" mean alcohol or does it mean a substance that intoxicates you? If you drink regular drinking water for example, there will be trace amounts of alcohol in the water (there may even be a molecule or two of Lead for example--not significant, but it's there)--so how are you supposed to avoid alcohol?

Maybe the issue isn't "alcohol" but substances that intoxicate? So drinking water, while it has alcohol is not significant enough to intoxicate and so is okay to eat. Likewise, Ice cream which uses vanilla extract is not enough to intoxicate and so is okay to eat?

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Re: Does "Khamar" mean you can't have Ice Cream?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2020, 10:57:41 PM »
Allah Almighty did call alcohol an abomination:

[005:090]  O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.


And we must abandon all abominations:

[074:005]  The abomination - flee it!



So while a small amount of alcohol may not intoxicate, but it still remains an impurity and an abomination.  And it must be left a lone.  It is only permitted for medicine.  Drugs and alcohol are among the things used for making medicine:

[002:219]  They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, "In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit." They also ask you what to give to charity: say, "The excess." GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect,


Intoxicants do provide medical and also emotional relief for the person.  But they're also very addictive and very destructive to the body's organs and the brain.  But their benefits are medical.  The same for gambling.  It provide emotional relief, but it is also addictive and destructive.  So eschew them and flee as far away from them as possible, as Allah Almighty Commands.  Otherwise, you'll find yourself tanked in ample addictions and destruction, as Allah Almighty Warns.

Take care,
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Re: Does "Khamar" mean you can't have Ice Cream?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2020, 01:33:53 AM »
 :)

I also recently learned that not all Ice Cream uses Vanilla Extract, some use artificial flavorings and so on. So it is totally avoidable. Also the Quran does say to do the best we can to avoid these things.

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Re: Does "Khamar" mean you can't have Ice Cream?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2020, 09:18:18 AM »
Great question though, dear brother.  I will insha'Allah add it to the website's "Ask me" section and the Quran Moral Code section as well.

Jazaka Allah Khayr :)

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