Am I to hell to sin?

Does the Muslim go into hell fire when he drinks alcohol?

Praise be to Allah ..


Everyone who dies as a Muslim who recognizes the uniqueness of Allah Most High and puts it into practice, will in the end go to Paradise.

And these Muslims, who recognize Allah's uniqueness and implement it in their deeds, and who will be the inhabitants of Paradise, are divided into two categories:

Those of them who enter Paradise right from the start, which means they will never enter Hellfire.

And those of them who will go into Hellfire first. There the respective person is punished for their sins for as long as Allah wills. Then she will come out of Hellfire and her final abode will be Paradise. And these are those whom the scholars call “the sinful” among those who testify and practice Allah's uniqueness, or “the people of great sins”.

So these do not stay in Hellfire forever, even if they come into it. They stay in the fire as long as Allah willed for them, then come out and go to paradise. And no one stays in Hellfire forever except the one who disbelieves.

And this has already been made clear in the answer to question no. 169677.


The sinners among those who testify and practice Allah's uniqueness or “the people of great sins” among them - and the one who drinks alcohol is one of them - are undoubtedly at risk of punishment in hellfire for their crimes. They undoubtedly deserve this sentence, and most certainly a great many of them will go to Hellfire for these crimes. However, it is not possible to say with certainty that this or that particular person belongs to those people and will go to Hellfire and after that to Paradise. For there are many reasons for this punishment to be lifted, which will save even one who has committed great sins from the fire of hell.

One of these reasons is repentance (at-Tauba), for "he who repents of sin is like he who has no sin," as the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said (narrated by ibn Majah, 4250 ; and al-Albani has classified this tradition in his work “Saheeh Sunan ibn Majah” as a “good” tradition - Hadith hasan).

One of these reasons is to ask forgiveness from Allah. So it can be that man pleads with his Lord in a supplication for forgiveness of his sins and Allah hears this supplication.

These reasons include the good deeds that eradicate sins. It may be that the one who committed a sin is doing mighty good deeds that erase that sin, or that his good deeds outweigh the bad and that he will not go into hellfire.

These reasons include the blows of fate that strike the Muslim in this life and which also eradicate sins. So it can be that someone who has committed a sin is hit by a (supposed) calamity that wipes out this sin, and thus the punishment in the hereafter is lifted and he does not go into hellfire.

One of these reasons is the supplication of a believer in which he asks Allah for forgiveness for the person who has committed a sin, such as during the funeral prayer for that deceased sinner. It may be that Allah hears the supplication of those who pray the funeral for him and thereby forgives him.

And there are other reasons as well.

It may also be that Allah, the Most Merciful of the Merciful, forgives the sinful Muslim from the beginning and thus he is not punished for his sin. And this is the strongest reason for salvation from the threatened punishment and the strongest circumstance that prevents the sinner from being counted among those who will taste that punishment.

So said Allah the Exalted (in the approximate meaning of His words in German): “Allah certainly does not forgive that one associates (something) with Him. But whatever is besides this, He forgives whom He wills. ”[Quran 4:48]

This verse of the Qur'an speaks about those sinners among those who acknowledge and practice Allah's uniqueness, who have not repented. So it can be that a Muslim dies while he stubbornly clung to one of the great sins and does not regret it, but Allah the Exalted in His mercy and grace is lenient towards this sinner and thus he does not go into Hellfire.

See also the answer to question no.175522.

But if there are no circumstances that avert the punishment in the hereafter and the hellfire from the one who has committed a great sin, and Allah the Exalted will not forgive him, then it is inevitable that this sinner will be punished in hellfire until he - cleansed of his sins - will enter paradise out of the fire.

In summary, the answer to the question asked is: The Muslim who drinks alcohol - and every other Muslim who commits a great sin - is in great danger if he does not repent of his sin and forsakes it. And Allah the Exalted threatens him with Hellfire, which when he enters it he will leave at some point to go to Paradise.

However, the servant of Allah should not be deceived so that he may be encouraged to disobey Allah by relying on the fact that he will not stay in Hellfire forever. Allah's punishment is heavy, painful and unbearable!

If you want to realize this, imagine that you are thrown into a fire of this world and stay in it for a year, a month or even just a day. Would you allow something like that? Would you endure something like that?

And all kinds of fires of this worldly life taken together are nothing compared to a single, brief plunge into the fire of hell, may Allah the Generous save us from it in His grace and generosity.

Moreover, who can guarantee the sinner who challenges the punishment of Allah that he will still believe in the uniqueness of Allah (i.e.: Muslim) after his offenses and sins?

What can protect him from the schemes of Allah (forged for his punishment)?

What can protect him from deviating his heart (from the truth) and being seduced into abandoning belief in the uniqueness of Allah (Islam), whereupon he will find nothing (for his protection) but his sins and crimes ( which then cannot protect him).

May Allah Most High envelop us in this world and in the hereafter in His grace and forgiveness.

And Allah knows best.