144 It Is Inadmissible That Man Who Hath Been Endowed With Reason Should Consume That Which Stealeth It Away #119

There are many references in the Baha'i Writings which prohibit the use of

wine and other intoxicating drinks and which describe the deleterious

effect of such intoxicants on the individual. In one of His Tablets,

Baha'u'llah states:

Beware lest ye exchange the Wine of God for your own wine, for it

will stupefy your minds, and turn your faces away from the

Countenance of God, the All-Glorious, the Peerless, the

Inaccessible. Approach it not, for it hath been forbidden unto you

by the behest of God, the Exalted, the Almighty.

'Abdu'l-Baha explains that the Aqdas prohibits both light and strong

drinks, and He states that the reason for prohibiting the use of

alcoholic drinks is because alcohol leadeth the mind astray and causeth

the weakening of the body.

Shoghi Effendi, in letters written on his behalf, states that this

prohibition includes not only the consumption of wine but of everything

that deranges the mind, and he clarifies that the use of alcohol is

permitted only when it constitutes part of a medical treatment which is

implemented under the advice of a competent and conscientious physician,

who may have to prescribe it for the cure of some special ailment.

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