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Shurb Al-Khamr Definition:

Muslim law; the crime of consuming alcoholic beverages.

Related Terms: Sumptuary Laws

Shurb al-khamr is an egregious crime in Islamic law for which the punishment is considered hudud and delivered in the form of 80 lashes.

Often simply translated as wine drinking.

Schacht defines it as:

“[D]rinking wine (shurb al-khamr).... drinking wine in any quantity (or) being drunk and incapable from whatever cause....”

Writing in Islamic Law and Society, Gunnar Weimann wrote :

"Shurb al-khamr, or drinking alcohol or any intoxicant voluntarily, is punishable by eighty lashes, according to most codes."


  • Schacht, J., An Introduction to Islamic Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964), page 179
  • Weimann, Gunnar J., Judicial Practice in Islamic Criminal Law in Nigeria - A Tentative Overview, 14 Islamic L. & Soc'y 248 (2007)

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