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UK Drunk Driver Reverts to Islam

A British young woman, who was caught driving while drinking, has told the court that she plans to stop drinking alcohol altogether after deciding to revert to Islam.

“I am going to change my life and I am going to get married,” Mariana Jesus, of Beechcroft Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, was quoted by Grantham Journal on Monday, January 13.

“I am converting to Islam and I am never going to drink again.”

Jesus, 22, was caught driving while slightly over the alcohol limit last December 14.

Jesus gave a further two breath tests at the police station and gave a reading of 46 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal alcohol limit is 35 microgram’s.

“It happened because I had been to a Christmas dinner. I was going home and I did not realize I had drunk that much,” Jesus said.

“It was three o’clock in the morning and I apologize for what I did, but I have learned from it,” she added.

Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.

A census announced last December found that the proportion of Muslims also rose from 3.0 percent to 4.8 per cent, becoming the fastest growing religion in Britain.

Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.

The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that get people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.