Prohibition on Drinking Alcohol

Prohibition on Drinking Alcohol
by Ravian Bilani
23-Apr-2009 is clear that on all occasions officially sponsored by Bahá'í Institutions or where the host is acting as a representative of the Cause alcohol should not be served. In private homes or in the course of business or professional activity it is left to the conscience of Bahá'ís themselves whether they serve alcoholic drinks
to non-Bahá'ís but the obligation is very strong to observe the prohibition enjoined by Bahá'u'lláh.

The Universal House of Justice
8 February 1968 to a National Spiritual Assembly

Compilations : Prohibition on Drinking Alcohol


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Prohibition is that alcohol

by imp2009 on

Prohibition is that alcohol leaded the mind astray and caused the weakening of the body. If alcohol were beneficial, it would have been brought into the world by the divine creation and not by the effort of man. Now it had been proved and established medically and scientifically that liquor is harmful. || Dual Diagnosis Treatment programs ||


another brkthru discovery by RB an unreal name representing

by Seagull (not verified) on

a psudo-individual.
What makes you the masters of misinterpretation and taking things out of context.
For Gods sake if all you believe is so right and good, why cant you use it to put things into persective.
Only if you would be yourself and stop being a distorted shadow of someone elses' reality so that you could do them some harm, this would be far better. Please try.

anonymous fish

thank god

by anonymous fish on

catholics don't prohibit drinking... just the immoderation and abuse of drinking...:-)


We do not Drink alchohol but do not criticise others

by amigo19 on

I remember that many years ago some Bahai friends who wanted to get a permission for a bahai event from the Phillipino government, went to see the authorities in the city hall in Manila,then the important person who was in charge of the ceremony and he was offering goblets of wine to the people present invited those Bahai friends to be guests of honor at the ceremony  and as an act of courtesy the person in charge offered  wine to the Bahai friends too. I remember clearly that those Bahais kissed the cups and returned them to the dignatary at the place and told him that they were Bahais and did not drink alcohol.This act impressed a lot of people there, and that was a great lesson for me too.We do not drink as an act of obidience ,but we do not criticise people from othere religion who drink

Ahang Rabbani

Baha'i Position on Drinking Alcohol

by Ahang Rabbani on

Those interested in knowing more about the prohibition of alcohol consumption by the Baha'is should consult:  //

Likewise, in the Qur'an, it is recognized that there might be occasions where the use of alcohol (e.g. medicinal purposes) should be allowed.  For instance, consider Surih of Cow, verse 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."



We Bahais refrain from drinking because :

by Tahirih on

 Bahaullah has asked us in Kitab Aqdas to :

Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.” Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can  describe.

As you can see he is not coercing us , or policing us or threatening us, it is all about loving him. He also adds that :

Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight! we follow His laws for the good of ourselves, not for fear of Him. There are no beating or cutting body parts for the person who chooses not to refrain. Have a good day, Tahirih



by faryarm on

The Bahai Teachings aim to nourish the spiritual side of us; to help us develop human qualities to deal with the tests and challenges of life, not to mention enjoy the boundless pleasures in life that come with having a balanced and healthy mind and spirit.

The Bahai Teachings forbid the social drinking of Alcohol, but not if prescibed by a doctor for medicinal purposes.

Most Bahais in the world are not Iranians, and come from different religious and social backgrounds where the drinking of wine and alcohol is a norm. 

The Message from The Universal House of Justice is a loving calrification and not a police action, as this ill intended blog attempts to portray.

If a Bahai drinks , serves  or drinks alcohol , he or she is ignoring a Spiritual principle; and it is left to the "conscience of Bahá'ís themselves"