The Way is that of ease.
يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ
ِ”Allah wants for you ease and does not want for you hardship”
Ease should not be confused with laziness nor desires.
In Ease, one proactively does that which is not harmful.
Here is an example.
Should one drink alcohol or not drink it?
The law of the land permits it in most countries.
Even those Middle Eastern countries that are portrayed as strict have access to alcohol.
Many ads, movies etc. portray it as being ‘cool’ to drink alcohol.
Some bottles of wine cost more than a brand new car or even a house.
The reality of that drink is not pleasant.
“Alcohol is responsible for 10% of the burden of disease and death in the UK.”
See The Guardian
More details are found on the UK Office of National Stats.
It is clear that the consumption of alcohol has a massive burden on the economy and people’s quality of life.
Reducing the consumption of alcohol would for sure alleviate some of this burden.
However, this might upset some people in powerful positions.
I am not sure why there is a close connection between alcohol and some powerful figures but there is a lot in history to attest to that even among Muslims.
عبد الله بن بريدة قال : دخلت أنا وأبي على معاوية فأجلسنا على الفرش ثم أتينا بالطعام فأكلنا ، ثم أتينا بالشراب فشرب معاوية ، ثم ناول أبي ، ثم قال : ما شربته منذ حرمه رسول الله (ص) ، قال : معاوية كنت أجمل شباب قريش وأجوده ثغراً وما شيء كنت أجد له لذة كما كنت أجده وأنا شاب غير اللبن أو إنسان حسن الحديث يحدثني – مسند أحمد
It has been related by Ahmed Ibn Hanbal and others that Abdullah bin Burayda al-Aslami went with his father to see Muawiyah (the founder of the Umayyad Dynasty).
He let them sit (with him). Food was brought and they ate.
Afterwards drinks were brought (in this case it is alcoholic drinks).
Muawiyah drunk ! Then he offered a cup to Buraydata al-Aslami (the father).
Burayda said:”I have not drunk it since the Messenger of Allah made it unlawful.”
Muawiyah said:”I was the most handsome young man in Quraysh with the best front teeth and there was nothing more enjoyable to me than [drinking] save for leben or a person who converses nicely.”
This narration is found in al-Musnad by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal.
Do not be surprised if you ever meet someone who will confirm this narration to be sound but would place the blame on Burayda.
Old politics but still alive.
The following quote is from the scriptures. It is also old but alive :
“O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”
By drinking alcohol, one makes it hard for themselves and for others.
Hence, the Way is not to drink alcohol. It is ease.
It is within one’s reach to change oneself but what would it take to change a nation?