A few hours before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, football’s world governing body FIFA confirmed that no alcohol will be sold at the eight stadiums which will host the tournament.
The decision shows the gulf country staying true to the Muslim rules that the majority of the population abide by.
“Following discussions between host country authorities and Fifa, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the Fifa fan festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar’s Fifa World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters,” said a statement from world football’s governing body.
“There is no impact to the sale of Bud Zero which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.
“Host country authorities and Fifa will continue to ensure that the stadiums and surrounding areas provide an enjoyable, respectful and pleasant experience for all fans.”
Islam takes an uncompromising stand on alcohol and all intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.
The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that get people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.
A decade ago, Qatar banned the sale of alcohol in 2012 following complaints from locals about the growing consumption of alcohol in the tiny Muslim country.
Unique World Cup
In preparation for the World Cup, Qatar has launched several initiatives to introduce Islam to visitors during the international tournament.
For example, hotels added new QR codes to guest-rooms that introduce visitors to Islam and Qatari culture in all languages.
Qatar also placed several murals across the country with hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to introduce Islam to incoming fans.
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