Has drugs become the scourge of our society?

Muslims today face innumerable challenges that were not so prevalent a few decades ago. The avenues of vice have become very accessible and this has left many young Muslims vulnerable to the forces of vice and evil.

Due to the alluring environment, youth are easily distracted by activities such as  television, pornographic material, addiction to drugs and other harmful things that consume the good energy and time of the youth. Involvement in these vices lead one to disobedience of Allah Ta’ala and at times drives one towards criminal activity. Drugs and substance abuse has become one the biggest problems faced by communities worldwide. The harmful effects of drugs on our youth , the family , the society and most important , on our Imaan are disastrous and the consequences long lasting.

Therefore the Quran warns us the dangers of this scourge and its harmful effects - “ O you who believe ! Intoxicants and gambling , (dedication of) stones and (divination by) arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. Avoid (such abominations) that you may prosper.” Surah 5 Verse 90 

Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said : “ Every intoxicant is khamr, and every khamr is haram (prohibited) ”. Intoxicants produces a state ranging from euphoria to stupor ; to stimulate , to excite ; to poison. It bludgeons the mind and makes one act abnormally and without proper reason.

Intoxication is any substance which may be a  liquid , solid or gas , that is voluntarily  taken into the body by swallowing , injection , inhaling or ingesting , which produces an effect on the brain resulting in a change of mood of the individual. Some examples of intoxicants (khamr) are alcohol, wine, beer, spirits, home-made alcoholic brews, all forms of drugs such as cocaine, heroin , dagga etc.

All intoxicants are haraam and totally forbidden, irrespective of the quantity that is used ; even one drop of alcohol is haraam ; similarly , even one puff of dagga is haraam.  Anyone who associates in any way with intoxicants (whether alcohol or drugs) - such as the person who uses it , sells it , makes it , delivers it , is a partner with shaytaan , since all intoxicants are the handiwork of shaytaan.