Anything that harms the body is unlawful

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Some cultures have sacred cows that you are not allowed to eat. Others promote vegetarianism because they think it is wrong to kill animals. Another culture says that alcohol is forbidden because it harms your body. To be fair, they may have a point because, used to excess, it can harm your body but then many things harm our bodies if taken to excess. If I eat too much I harm my body, for example. Should food be forbidden?

Anyway, I am sure that a culture that cares so much about our bodies must think of our bodies as a temple. That has to be a good thing doesn’t it? They are only wanting the best for us after all. I am sure that if they discovered that you had drunk a teeny tiny glass of wine or one small beer they would understand…

I asked: what was his crime?
They said: he drank alcohol
Me: why did you lash him?
Them: because alcohol is unlawful in Islam
Me: why is alcohol unlawful in Islam?
Them: anything that harms the body is unlawful in Islam
Me: which one was more harmful to his body, alcohol or lashes?
Them: …

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All of a sudden I don’t feel so thirsty and my Sunday evening cider has lost its appeal. I have always mocked mothers who smack their children for hitting other children in order to teach them that hitting is wrong. I actually once watched an angry Mum smack her child repeatedly while saying with each smack, “Don’t hit.” The hypocrisy had me staring in open-mouthed amazement. When I see this photo of a young man lashed for drinking alcohol my mouth is again wide open. What kind of a culture damages a person’s body like this to teach them not to damage their body with alcohol? That is like teaching someone to stop biting their nails by cutting their hand off with a spade.

I can only imagine the person doing the whipping saying each time the lash slashed against this young man’s back, “Harming the body is unlawful in Islam.” SLASH! “Harming the body is unlawful in Islam.” WHIP! “Damaging your body with alcohol is so wrong.” WHACK!

You will never guess what this guy was whipped for drinking. Go on, try to guess….

Was it rum and coke?

Was it beer?

Was it a milkshake?

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Ouchee it must have been a pretty powerful drink to merit that kind of a beating and I guess water can be powerful if it is a wave or a waterfall because, yes folks, that was what he was drinking. His crime was drinking water during the day during the Muslim month of Ramadan in Iran.


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