{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالأَنصَابُ وَالأَزْلاَمُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ}

القرآن الكريم – سورة المائدة 90-92

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالأَنصَابُ وَالأَزْلاَمُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاء فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللّهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلاَةِ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَ
وَأَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَاحْذَرُواْ فَإِن تَوَلَّيْتُمْ فَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّمَا عَلَى رَسُولِنَا الْبَلاَغُ الْمُبِينُ

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وزارة الصحة الفرنسية تعتبر الخمر من الخبائث الرئيسية

أثارت حملة شديدة تشنها وزارة الصحة الفرنسية ضد تناول الكحول بوصفه أحد أسوأ مسببات السرطان استياء في أوساط صناعة الخمور في البلد, وقالت صحيفة تايمز التي أوردت الخبر إن الركود الاقتصادي الحالي كان من المفترض أن يدفع الرئيس الفرنسي نيكولا ساركوزي إلى اختيار وقت آخر أكثر مناسبة لحملته الحالية.

وترتكز هذه الحملة على توجيهات للمعهد الفرنسي لمكافحة السرطان تؤكد أن تناول الكحول وخاصة الخمر ينبغي أن يتوقف, وتؤكد الوزارة أن كأسا واحدة من الخمر يوميا تزيد فرص احتمال الإصابة بالسرطان بنسبة 168%.

ويقول مدير معهد مكافحة السرطان دومينيك مارانشي إن شرب جرعات من الخمر مهما كانت قليلة يسبب أضرارا لا يمكن تصورها لصحة الإنسان “فلا يمكن لكمية من الخمر, مهما قلت, أن تفيد الإنسان في شيء” على حد تعبيره.

وهذه ليست المرة الأولى التي يحذر فيها المسؤولون الفرنسيون من مخاطر الخمر, فقد أكدت تايمز أن السلطات الطبية في كل أنحاء العالم ما فتئت تحث الناس على التوقف عن شرب الخمر حفاظا على صحتهم.

غضب منتجي الخمور
لكن تايمز نبهت إلى الأهمية الخاصة التي تكتسبها الحملة الحالية لكونها تأتي من حكومة فرنسا التي يعتبر الخمر فيها جزءا من الحياة ومن الإرث القومي.

الصحيفة ذكرت أن تقرير وزارة الصحة اعتمد على مقارنة أجرتها بين مئات الدراسات الدولية واستنتجت وجود علاقة بين أنواع من السرطانات وبين الغذاء والشراب وأساليب الحياة.

وأكد الموجز الذي أعدته الوزارة أن الكحول يوطئ للإصابة بسرطانات الفم والحنجرة والمريء والقولون المستقيم والثدي.

هذه الحملة دفعت منتجي الخمور إلى التعبير عن غضبهم الشديد، معتبرين ما جاء في التقرير فضيحة ومتهمين اللوبيات الصحية بمحاولة وأد أحد مفاخر الأمة الفرنسية.

ولمح هؤلاء المنتجون إلى دور للرئيس الفرنسي في هذه الحملة, مبرزين كون ساركوزي لا يشرب الخمر ويستعيض عنها بالماء وعصير البرتقال في وقت يكون الحاضرون معه يشربون مختلف أنواع الخمور.

ودعت الرابطة العامة لمنتجي الخمور إلى وقف ما سمته “المضايقات التي يتعرض لها الخمر” مدعية أن تناول الخمور تقلص بنسبة 50% في السنوات العشرين الأخيرة في فرنسا، لكن السرطان تزايد.ا

French get a sober warning to give up wine for their health

With gloom all around, President Sarkozy’s Government might have chosen another moment for its latest campaign. This one tells the French people to stop drinking wine.

To the anger of the drinks industry and disbelief of many patriots, the Ministry of Health has made alcohol one of the chief villains in a drive against cancer.

“The consumption of alcohol, and especially wine, is discouraged,” say guidelines that are drawn from the findings of the National Cancer Institute (INCA). A single glass of wine per day will raise the chance of contracting cancer by up to 168 per cent, claims the ministry’s brochure.

Forget those 1980s findings that antioxidants in wine were good for health, said the French experts. “Small daily doses of alcohol are the most harmful. There is no amount, however small, which is good for you,” said Dominique Maraninchi, INCA’s president.

Authorities elsewhere have been telling people in recent years to go dry if they want to stay healthy. But the advice was especially sobering, coming from the Government of France, a country where wine is part of life and the national heritage.

The pleasantly illustrated ministry brochure makes grim reading. The INCA collated hundreds of international studies and summarised the relation between types of cancer with food, drink and lifestyle. Apart from wine, the dangerous stuff is red meat, charcuterie and salt. A pavé de rum-steakmight not sound so mouth-watering after reading: “The risk of colon-rectal cancer rises by 29 per cent per 100-gramme portion of red meat per day and 21 per cent per 50-gramme portion of charcuterie.”

Alcohol facilitates cancers of the mouth, larynx, oesophagus, colon-rec-tum and breast, say the guidelines.

The wine producers are crying foul, accusing the health lobby of trying to kill one of the glories of the nation. They note the suspicious coincidence that France now has its first teetotal President. Mr Sarkozy sips mineral water and orange juice when all around him are knocking back the champagne and burgundy.

“This persecution of wine has to stop,” said the General Association of Wine Producers. The growers say that the scientific evidence is contradictory and they point to a World Health Organisation study which found that moderate consumption helped to prevent cancer.

Xavier de Volontat, president of the wine producers’ assocation in the southwestern Languedoc region, said: “The extremists must not be allowed to take consumers hostage . . . Wine consumption has dropped by 50 per cent over the last 20 years in France but cancer has increased. You have to admit, that’s a paradox.”

“We never said that alcohol is not dangerous for health,” Mr de Volontat said. “We are for responsible, reasonable and moderate consumption . . . It is not in our interest to see our consumers dying of cancer or in car accidents.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5769159.ece

The Noble Qur’an on the Believers’ “Death”

Ashraf’s tafsir (explanation/interpretation/commentary/exegesis):

These three verses are, I think, very important to explain, because they shed light on the issue of Martyrdom and present a different image of death than that espoused by the unbelievers. They are to be placed in the context of the war Muslims wage against unbelief and against evil actions. They address the people’s emotional state in light of the death or Martyrdom of those who struggle in the path of God. Feelings of grief, pain, and longing would not be uncommon, and the sudden departure of their loved ones from their lives would be viewed in negative terms, as something that has ended rather than something greater that has just begun. And this negative portrayal would bring about despair and may make people conclude that the struggle in the path of God will only bring pain and grief and suffering. It would ultimately lead them to abandon it or go against it.

That’s the description of what an unbeliever would feel because he believes only in life here on earth and not in Paradise, and in material things not spiritual meanings and values. For him life is the end of it, and so he would be afraid of death and anything that may bring him closer to it. Well, of course, there is the “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”, but that does not transcend the material world.

And then come these verses, which present a different picture of what things would and should look like from the perspective of the Believers. For them death is just a journey, and Martyrdom is something that inspires spiritual happiness and not the grief and emotional suffering that it condemns the surviving unbelievers to. Whereas for the unbelievers the dead are simply decomposed pieces, for the Believers they are alive with God, and their life is not corrupted by the pain and suffering that people experience on earth — they are rejoicing for receiving God’s grace and mercy, and that’s the real and uncorrupted happiness, which does not compare to the so-called happiness that people on earth feel when they rejoice for material delights.

God comforts the Martyrs with His grace and blessings so that they would neither be afraid nor feel sad for having left their loved ones behind. The idea here is that fear is a symptom of the expectation that something bad that will come your way and sadness arises from a difficult situation, and neither has any place in the new life of the Martyr because he won’t have to face any loss. So Martyrs are blessed with God’s grace and they live in total, infinite happiness, and they experience the truth of the promises of reward that were transmitted to the Believers through the Noble Qur’an, in that they become the recipients of God’s mercy and kindness and blessings and infinite love.