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Ramadan 2014

Flying High - Drugs

Drugs are becoming a great problem throughout society, especially amongst the Muslim youth. This is often driven by peer pressure and sometimes by influence of bad friendships.

Some of the excuses commonly used by the drug users are that; I am just trying it; it's harmless; I am flying high today but I am going to stop tomorrow; I will not get addicted by one or two drags.

The initial excitement from drug taking may at first be pleasing, but this soon develops into an addiction. Once addicted, drugs eat away at the body, destroying it slowly and painfully, weakening to a point from where there is little or no return.

Many users die from the effects of drugs, while others lose prospective and will do anything to fulfil their habit, often leads to crime. Recreational drugs are referred to as intoxicants because they cause a negative effect on one's mind causing them to lose their senses.

Now let us look at what Islam say with the regards to permissibility drugs? It is stated in a Hadith narrated by Hazrat Jabir ibn Abdullah (R.A): "The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said: If a large amount of anything causes intoxication, a small amount of it is prohibited." (Sunan Abu-Dawud)

The above Hadith teaches us that recreational drugs are prohibited in Islam even if taken in small quantities. When a person is under the influence of such drugs ("flying high") he is not in control of himself and cannot determine from good and bad.

All the Muslims who indulge in this forbidden act need to realise that one joint leads to another, leading to a downward spiral to destruction, and could even lead to becoming a regular drug user.

We need to avoid this destructive path before it's too late and repent sincerely. Remember that "The greatest buzz in Islam," is when we spend time repenting and striving to do good. We need to stay in good company and learn our beautiful Deen.

May Allah (S.W.T) give us the ability to stay steadfast on the righteous path, and help those who have fallen in the evil trap of Shaitaan.