The Risks of Consuming 5-hour Energy or similar Energy Drinks During Ramadan or At Work

Posted on July 29, 2013

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Note to those Muslims who knowingly consume any product that may cause them harm:

The prophet (s) said, “Whomsoever drinks poison, thereby killing himself, will sip this poison forever in the Hell-Fire.”

Another legal proof is the Qur’anic verse in which Almighty Allah says:

Do not cause your own destruction” (2: 195)

Finally, The Prophet (s) said: “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt. Verily, truth is tranquillity and falsehood is doubt.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhi and Sunan al-Nasaai – Hadith Sahih]

During this Ramadan,  people eating suhoor at the beginning of the day may consume 5 Hour Energy, but they do so at a risk–especially if they are someone with a heart condition or below the age of 18.

The FDA in November 2012 was investigating claims that 13 deaths are linked to 5-hour Energy. By the way, Monster Energy drink has also been linked to 5 deaths.

CBS News Interview with CEO of 5-hour Energy

CBS News, November 16, 2012

The FDA told CBS News in a statement Thursday that it is investigating 92 reports of adverse events from 5-Hour Energy that include 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. The New York Times first reported the investigation.

Reported side effects included heart attacks, convulsion and one case of spontaneous abortion.

Manoj Bhargava, CEO of 5-hour Energy, downplayed some of the reports of side effect, saying one of the deaths tied to his product was a car crash in which an empty 5-hour-Energy was found in the car, but nobody knows how long the bottle had been there.

Throughout the interview, LaPook questioned Bhargava on how much caffeine was contained in his popular product, but the CEO declined to give a specific amounts.

“About as much as a medium Starbucks,” he initially replied.

Should Energy Drinks be Banned for Teens?

Please click here to read the whole article and watch the interview with the owner of 5-hour Energy.

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