Alcohol fatwa sparks controversy
By Frances Harrison
Religious affairs reporter, News
Yusuf al-Qaradawi views himself as a moderate voice of Islam
A prominent Egyptian cleric has created controversy by issuing a
fatwa that says tiny amounts of alcohol are permissible in Islam.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi’ s fatwa says a level of 0.5% is allowed, whereas
most Muslims would say alcohol of any quantity is banned.
Sheikh Qaradawi was recently refused entry to as the UK
government said his views could spark violence.
He issued his fatwa in response to a question about high energy
‘Distorted’ Sheikh Qaradawi is talking about tiny quantities of alcohol –
equivalent to about one-eighth of that found in one unit of light beer.
He ruled there was no religious ban on consuming drinks with a
minute amount of alcohol in them if it was formed naturally through
the process of fermentation.
He quoted the rule derived from the sayings of the Prophet that if
drinking a lot of alcohol makes you intoxicated then drinking a
little is also forbidden.
Sheikh Qaradawi argued that any person who consumed a large amount
of high energy drink would not become intoxicated, therefore they
were permissible, even though they contained tiny amounts of
But this logic has not gone down well. .
The editor of a newspaper in , where Sheikh Qaradawi lives,
complained that the sheikh had just stirred up a controversy that
everyone could have done without.
The editor said the fatwa from a cleric of the status of Sheikh
Qaradawi would inevitably be misunderstood and distorted to suggest
he was giving permission to Muslims to drink alcohol.
Sheikh Qaradawi, who is a well-known TV figure, views himself as a
moderate voice of Islam.
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