Prohibition: Gradual prohibition of intoxicants

Q453 :Was liquor permissible to drink in an early stage of Islamic history? If yes, why was it forbidden later.

A453 : Islam did not start by legalizing alcoholic drinks and changed its mind later. It simply approached the matter in the only way that brings the desired results: to establish first the basis upon which instructions are to be followed. Once faith was deeply rooted in the hearts of the Muslims, they only needed a simple instruction and they abided by it. During the process of establishing the faith, Islam simply left matters to the wisdom of individuals. But once its first task was completed, it sent about finalizing the second stage, giving clear and detailed instructions, outlining what is forbidden and what is permissible.

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