Do Muslims Drink Coffee? Brief History of Coffee

Some Muslims urge that coffee has the ability to make you proactive just like any other drug so the always wonder if coffee is haram. Well, the question is can Muslims drink coffee? is it halal or haram? Let us look into details and shade some light about those topics.

History of Coffee Origin in Islam

Did you know that people drink more than 1.6 billion cups of coffee every day all around the world? That’s enough to fill up three big football stadiums and still have more coffee left! but where did this amazing drink come from?

Who Invented Coffee?

History has it that long time ago, around the 11th century there was a Muslim man called Khalid from Ethiopia. He used to take care of his goats in the bush. One day he saw that the goats were acting crazy. They kept running around with a lot of energy.

Khaldi found out that the goat started getting excited when they ate a certain berry. The berry was bright red. These berries were coffee berries, which are also known as coffee cherries. Khaldi decided to taste the coffee berries.

He ate the berries and he got all excited. He noticed that he had a lot more energy just like the goats and that is how coffee was discovered coffee. Now, you might be confused since we make our coffee from brown coffee beans. Where do those brown coffee beans come from?

Well inside the red coffee cherries, there is a whitish colored seed. We take out the seed from the cherry and then we roast it and that is how we arrive at our brown coffee beans.

After Khaldi discovered coffee, this yummy drink quickly spread through the Arabian Peninsula with the first farms in Yemen. This article will also talk about why some people say coffee was discovered in Yemen.

Since this drink was first an Arab drink, coffee was actually called ‘Qahwa’ or ‘kahawa’. When coffee spread to the Ottoman Empire, which is now modern-day Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and some other countries the name ‘qahwa’ turned into ‘qahva’.

When the coffee reached to Europe, the name changed again from ‘qahva’ to ‘qava’, to ‘cafa’. It continued to evolve all the way until the name changed to cafe and finally coffee. So as you can see Coffee came from Muslims and was always considered a Muslim drink for a long time.

Christians weren’t even allowed to drink coffee. They thought that coffee was Satan’s or the devil’s drink because Muslims were drinking it to stay awake at night. Coffee among Christians was a bitter drink of Satan until Around 400 years later in the 15th century.

It is believed that Pope Clement the 8th Decided to taste a cup of coffee. He took a sip and he loved it. He then told his people that the drink was so delicious and that it was not right that Christians could not drink it.

Then he baptized or purified the coffee for the Christian world. This meant that all Christians could now drink coffee as well. Coffee is one of the greatest inventions that was invented by a Muslim which made a difference in this world.

Brother Khaldi was a true great Muslim hero whose invention made a great difference in this world.

May Allah (SWT) reward brother Khaldi for his great invention and give him the highest place in Jannah Ameen and next time when you drink a cup of coffee, be proud that our Muslim brother is the reason why we have this amazing drink.

History of Coffee Origin in Islam
History of Coffee Origin in Islam

Muslims & Coffee in Yemen

According to Hamza Yusuf who is one of my best mentors and teachers, by the way, if you have never listened to his teachings on YouTube then you are missing out a lot.

May Allah grant him more wisdom.  He says that in the past, he used to hear several old folks and grown people say that they can’t sleep at night.  

Now this story is important in relation to the topic of having coffee as a Muslim. What he used to tell them though is that that’s the whole point of growing old.

When you get old as a Muslim, you’re not supposed to sleep at night. That’s something you do when you’re young. When you get old you’re supposed to be thinking about how you will get to ‘Akhira’ but not thinking about dying.

We are all going to die so that should not be a major concern. There’s no insomnia for the Muslim. That insomnia just means you’re supposed to be up to doing ‘ibadah’ and that’s a gift from Allah. People used to love that they did they didn’t feel tired at night.

They used to praise Allah for that state. In fact, coffee is attributed to the Yemeni scholar Abdul Hassan. He is said to be the one behind the discovery of coffee in Yemen. He was a Yemeni scholar who kept sleeping at night and he wanted to do ‘tahjud’.

He had a dream in which an angel came to him and showed him the bun tree. In this dream, Hasan was also showed how to make the bun. He was taught the art of making a perfect coffee that would help him as Muslim to perform his ‘Tahjud’.

Can Muslims Take Coffee?

That’s why the Yemenis to this day drink lots of coffee just to talk all night and stay awake. However, in the old days, they used to drink it to memorize the Quran and to this day.

History of coffee origin in Islam has it that to date, the people of Yemen still praise Allah for giving them Coffee also known as ‘kahawa”.

They used to praise Allah for it because they said that with that drink, they were able to memorize the book of Allah. With the help of coffee, they were able to stay awake all night to recite the Quran and acquire knowledge from the holy book.

If you look in the Maliki books when ‘Kahawa’ first came, you will notice that ‘Kahawa’ in the classical Arabic language is one of the words they used to refer to wine. This is also the Swahili word for Coffee.

So there used to be a debate because the Mormons considered wine as haram in Islam because it could make you high and go against the will of Allah. However, coffee was also being confused about that and it is why do date, some people still think that coffee is haram in Islam.

There was a debate whether coffee or ‘kahawa’ was intoxicated because if you have never had coffee in your life especially like Turkish coffee, you’ll feel like this is something that should be compared to a drug.

They debated if it is okay for Muslims to drink coffee and what they decided was that if the person drank it to do ‘ibadah’ or to study at night, then it was a good thing.

However, if they drank it just for ‘sarsarah’ which means just to talk and idle around with emptiness, then they considered it something that should be avoided.

Can you drink coffee in Ramadan?

So what’s the deal with coffee in Ramadan? some people say they’ll make you dehydrated other people worry it’ll make you run to the bathroom more often while some Muslims are freaking out going through caffeine withdrawal in Ramadan.

Let us shade some light about some popular misconceptions about coffee to figure out whether coffee can stay in your cup during Ramadan.

 So there’s a popular misconception that drinking coffee will make you run to the bathroom all day.

You have to know that our body system work in different ways among different people and this is actually a misinterpretation of an old research study.

If you don’t drink coffee at all right now, then yes increasing your caffeine intake might cause an increase in urination scientifically. However, regular or daily coffee drinkers don’t experience this effect because they build up a tolerance for coffee.

In fact, numerous research studies have shown that if you already drink a moderate amount of coffee every day, your body has probably developed a tolerance to the diuretic effect and so for you, coffee doesn’t make you rush to the bathroom anymore.

Another misconception about coffee is that a lot of people are concerned that coffee is dehydrating. It is quite obvious that you wouldn’t want to drink something dehydrating in Ramadan. Luckily, the research shows that this also isn’t true.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study in 2016 to compare how hydrating different drinks are.

They published the beverage hydration index. The beverage hydration index ranks beverages according to how much fluid from the drink your body is able to retain.

Basically, this is how hydrating it is and the result of the study surprisingly found that coffee and tea were not different from your body’s response to water in terms of urine production. This proves that coffee and tea are no more dehydrating than drinking plain cold water.

The bottom line is that if you struggle to stay hydrated in Ramadan, your favorite sugar-free drinks like coffee and tea can absolutely help contribute to your fluid intake in an effortless way as long as you don’t overdo it.

Even for regular Muslim coffee lovers, drinking too much coffee might make you dehydrated because, in this same study, it was found that dehydrating effects of coffee might emerge when the dose of caffeine exceeds 300 grams per day.

Now, what’re 300 milligrams? That’s roughly 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day. I would suggest that during Ramadan, just drink less than 2 to 3 cups of coffee and you should be fine. You can rumble on if you’re a regular coffee drinker because totally it is manageable for you even if you exceed.

One final important point to keep in mind is that the actual amount of caffeine that’s in your cup will differ a lot depending on the type of caffeinated drink that you prefer.

Besides that, other factors like the origin, the processing, the preparation and even the brewing time may also determine the effect of coffee.

For example, a cup of brewed coffee could have anywhere between 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine in it, whereas a cup of tea could have around 25 milligrams of caffeine.

If you want a handy chart with a list of common caffeine doses in different popular caffeinated beverages, be sure to read more about the product before you indulge.

Feel free to enjoy your coffee in the month of Ramadan. But remember, either drink your coffee at ‘suhoor’ or right after ‘iftar’.

you want to avoid having coffee too close to your bedtime because that might disrupt your sleep. You really don’t want to miss your sleep during this moment because you have to wake up early.

So drinking coffee during Ramadan is not haram and you should never be scared about that. Enjoy it just as you normally do but don’t let it give you difficulty in waking up for your prayers. You really don’t want to miss the morning ‘adhan’ just because you had a cup of coffee.

Health benefits of coffee

Moderate coffee intake may lead to a decrease in diabetes type 2 and is also very healthy for old folks.

It is also good because it can control premature deaths since it will boost your blood flow in a healthy way thus helping in the circulation of oxygen and blood around the body vessels.

It will also help in keeping away liver cancer and has several other benefits as explained in the video below.

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