Australian Imam under fire for approving alcohol

Mostafa Rashed has received a lot of criticisms from the Muslim community for saying that alcohol should be allowed in Islam religion.

An Australian Imam, Mostafa Rashed, has come under fire for preaching and arguing that drinking alcohol should be allowed in the Islam religion.

Mostafa Rashed, who is an Imam from a Sydney mosque, said that the Koran bans drunkenness, not alcohol itself on an Egyptian TV channel called Al-Tahrir on Friday, December 5.

Mr Rashed said that consuming a small amount of wine would not make a person drunk and therefore is tolerable to Islamic people. “This is an edict that I am responsible for,” he said.

A deluge of criticism has however greeted the statement by Mr Rashed which was aired on the Al-Tahrir channel and then published by the .

The Islamic Friendship Association of Australia spokesman, Keysar Trad, was particularly frustrated by the comments.

“It has been established for 1400 years that alcohol has a high degree of prohibition in Islamic teachings. Those who may already drink, if they hear his message they may see it as some kind of justification. Those prohibitions in the Koran and the body of Islamic history, it has never ever been permitted,” Mr Trad said before adding that only in matters of life and death could an Islamic person justify drinking alcohol.

Al-Risalah Islamic Centre manager, Wissam Haddad, who challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to revoke his citizenship in August so he could live in the Middle East, also condemned the statements.

Mr Trad said he is attempting to check Mr Rashed background.

“We may end up having the Imam council having a conversation with him to see where he is coming from,” he said.

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