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The Evils and Harms of Drugs

Shaykh Ḥasan al-Ṣumālī

A sermon on the prohibition of intoxicants (specifically drugs) in Islām; its harms – physical, social and communal. The legacy of the scholars of Islām warning against intoxicants is highlighted as well as the strong stance in Islām against all forms of criminality.

وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آدَمَ وَحَمَلْنَاهُمْ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَاهُم مِّنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَفَضَّلْنَاهُمْ عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلاً

And indeed We have honoured the Children of Ādam, and We have carried them on land and sea, and have provided them with al-ṭayyibāt (lawful good things), and have preferred them above many of those whom We have created with a marked preference.
[Sūrah al-Isrāʾ, 17:70]

From the points discussed:

  • Allāh forbade Mankind from utilising anything that will impair the intellect
  • Allāh has prescribed punishments for those who use and distribute intoxicants
  • The scholars of Islām – past and present – have warned against these vile and destructive poisons that kill and person and kill communities 
  • Drugs are the pathway to all sorts of crime, the handiwork of the devil
  • Intoxication removes all dignity and can lead to insanity
  • It is kufr to (knowingly) declare something ḥalāl that Allāh or his Messenger (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) have prohibited

The speaker concludes with a fatwá (Islamic ruling) from the Scholars of Saudi al-ʿArabīa and the legal judicial rulings against the trafficking or distribution of drugs.

Published: June 17, 2013
Edited: February 11, 2023


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