What to if Someone Drank Alcohol Before the Month of Ramadhan

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Fatwa ID: 04765

Answered by: Mufti  Muhammad Imad Ali



I drank alcohol on the 26th of April at a friend’s wedding. Though it is haram in Islam I did and I am extremely sorry for it to Allah my creator. My question is, from the month of 17th May there will be Ramadan. Though I am a naapak person now. Will my fasting be accepted?  And my namaz including tarawih namaz will be accepted? 


Although I am naapak for 40 days, what do I have to do to pay a penalty or recover my fasting days, which I have been wasted being an alcoholic? 



In the name of Allah the most Beneficent, the Most Merciful




Allah The Most High said, “When those who believe in Our revelations come to you [Prophet], say, ‘Peace be upon you. Your Lord has taken it on Himself to be merciful: if any of you has foolishly done a bad deed, and afterward repented and mended his ways, God is most forgiving and most merciful.” (Surah Al- An’aam, ayah 54)


The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever drinks wine, his prayer is not accepted from him for 40 days. If he repents, Allah forgives him…” [Tirmidhi]  


Drinking wine or other intoxicants is a major sin. In order for one to eradicate the sin, one should engage in sincere repentance. 


“Not accepted” in the hadith means that the prayers are not accepted in terms of reward. Although, the obligation of the prayer will be lifted. 


In a nutshell, the obligation of the fasting and the prayers will be lifted, however, you will not receive the full reward where a single fardh prayer is equivalent to seventy fardhs as mentioned in a Hadith of Sahih Ibn Khuzaimah. 



Only Allah knows best

Written by Mufti Muhammad Imad Ali

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




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