Saturday 24 October 2009

Another talented person lost due to Alcohol

She wasn't a big drinker and thought friends who got drunk were 'daft'.

And yet it was to be Rhona Tavener whose life was cruelly cut short at the age of 16 after she binged on alcohol at a party.

The straight-A pupil is thought to have drunk up to half a litre of vodka with friends before collapsing.

Yesterday a coroner listening to her tragic case implored teenagers not to risk their lives by binge drinking.

Rhona, who was awarded nine A* in her GCSEs, attended the party with her friend Ayran Kalipour on January 30 this year.

Although she started off drinking cola, she was later seen sipping from her friends' alcoholic drinks before downing neat vodka.

Partygoers realised how drunk she was when they saw her fall from a hammock hanging by the pool at the £1million country house.

Ayran and another friend Adam Rawlinson, both 17, decided to drive her home. But she stopped breathing on the way.


The first declaration made by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) concerning this matter was that not only is Khamr (wine or alcohol) prohibited but that the definition of Khamr extends to any substance that intoxicates, in whatever form or under whatever name it may appear. Thus, beer and similar drinks are haram.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was once asked about certain drinks made from honey, corn, or barley by the process of fermenting them until they became alcoholic. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) succinctly replied, "Every intoxicant is Khamr, and every Khamr is haram." Reported by Muslim.)

And `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) declared from the pulpit of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) that "Khamr is that which befogs the mind." (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants, regardless of whether the amount is little or much. If an individual is permitted to take but a single step along this road, other steps follow; he starts walking and then running, and does not stop at any stage. That is why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Of that which intoxicates in a large amount, a small amount is haram." (Reported by Ahmad Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi.) And again, "If a bucketful intoxicates, a sip of it is haram." (Reported by Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi.)

The Holy Quran, 2.219: They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: "What is beyond your needs." Thus doth Allah Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may consider.

The Holy Quran, 5.90: O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.

The Holy Quran, 5.91: Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?

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