Alcohol consumption among Bosnian Muslims has always been something both non-Muslims and Muslims wondered about. Bosnia is in the world’s top by alcohol consumption, and the big majority of Muslims in Bosnia drink. Muslims even produce alcohol in Bosnia, they don’t make wines, that is mainly a Christian tradition here, but they make rakija. It is well known in Bosnia if you want good vine rakija, get it from Muslims, because Christians make it from leftovers when they make wine, while Muslims do it with fresh vines. And even really religious people will take some rakija with meze when they are out, in kafana, on a wedding. They will go to jumah namaz, will pray as much as they can, but will drink alcohol now and then. Rakija is part of culture, it is cure for any possible illness here and it is the best massage lotion which can “take out” anything you have inside. There is even story, a legend here that when Ottomans came, Bosnian people said: “We’ll take your religion but we won’t give up rakija”. And when you ask people here, why do they do it, if it is a sin, they will tell you that everybody sins like this or like that, alcohol is theirs, but they don’t believe they will be punished by this hardly, because for them “practicing” Islam in your relation with poor, neighbors and such is much more important and they don’t believe they will go to hell because once in a while they like to sit and eat pastirma with rakija and cheese.
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