Hadith on Alcoholics: Do not curse him, he loves Allah and His Messenger

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: In the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, there was a man named Abdullah who was nicknamed Donkey, and he would make the Prophet laugh. The Prophet lashed him for drinking wine, and one day the man was brought again and the Prophet ordered him to be lashed. Another man among the people said, “O Allah, curse him! How many times has he been brought?” The Prophet said, “Do not curse him. By Allah, I know that he loves Allah and his messenger.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6398

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ أَنَّ رَجُلًا عَلَى عَهْدِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ اسْمُهُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ وَكَانَ يُلَقَّبُ حِمَارًا وَكَانَ يُضْحِكُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَكَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَدْ جَلَدَهُ فِي الشَّرَابِ فَأُتِيَ بِهِ يَوْمًا فَأَمَرَ بِهِ فَجُلِدَ فَقَالَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ الْقَوْمِ اللَّهُمَّ الْعَنْهُ مَا أَكْثَرَ مَا يُؤْتَى بِهِ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَا تَلْعَنُوهُ فَوَاللَّهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ إِنَّهُ يُحِبُّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ

6398 صحيح البخاري كتاب الحدود باب ما يكره من لعن شارب الخمر وإنه ليس بخارج من الملة