A man came to Iyas Ibn Mu’awiyah, a judge famous for his wisdom. The following conversation took place:
Man: What is the Islamic ruling on wine?
Judge: It is Haraam (forbidden)
Man: How about water?
Judge: It is Halaal (permissible).
Man: How about grapes?
Judge: It is Halaal.
Man: Why are these ingredients Halaal yet when you combine them (in wine) they are Haraam?
Judge: Would a handful of dirt hurt you?
Man: No.
Judge: If I hit you with a handful of straw?
Man: It would not hurt me.
Judge: How about a handful of water?
Man: It would not hurt.
Judge: If I mix them, dry them to make a brick and hit you with it?
Man: It would hurt and might even kill me!
Judge: The same reasoning applies to your question!!

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