Cii News | 28 August 2014/02 Dhul Qa’dah 1435

Bennies, boo, beans, apples, doves, bubbles, bounce, meow – meow, Charlie, super K, Skag, ganja and spliff – they sound like the names of games that kids play.

They’re actually the names of “games” that both kids and adults indulge in. Amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, mephedrone, cocaine, ketamine, heroin and cannabis are among the illegal drugs that make the trade’s multi billion dollar global black market revolve.

Drugs can be ingested, injected, sniffed and smoked. And most people say it takes just one try to risk becoming addicted to them – that is someone who obsessively and repeatedly uses them. But people don’t get addicted to the drugs themselves, they get addicted to the way it makes them feel. High.

Drugs are taken with the intention of altering the state of mind or elevating one’s mood, in most cases to achieve a brief moment of euphoria. This inevitably leaves them being stoned – lifeless and devoid of intellect and emotion.

Often, the after effects of drugs leave one feeling sick. Physically, users can witness it ravage their health and bodies. For a brief moment of calm or euphoria, drug users spend more time suffering psychological effects such as depression, paranoia, anxiety, mood swings, hallucinations and confusion.  While it relatively easy to get into drugs it is much harder and takes much longer to get out of it.

It is happiness in a packet and they’re sold pretty much everywhere, at schools, shopping malls, parks, parking lots, clubs and concerts. There are no scrupulous drug dealers. Peddlers don’t have a specific target market. Their only objective is to make money, even if it is coming from the hand of a child. And in the grand scheme of things 12 to 17 year olds are still children.

There is no question that drugs are Haraam in Islam. Even weed which (cannabis) is regarded a “light” drug is Haraam. Weed is considered by some to be “acceptable” because of its light euphoric effects. Some places in the United States have legalised it for medicinal purposes only. But anything that one can become addicted to, is regarded a drug. Uruguayans can now register to grow pot at home as the government launches its “first-of-its-kind legalisation programme”.

And Muslims are not indisposed to them. In fact a letter written to a respected Mufti by a recovering Muslim addict said, “The majority of people in the clubs are young Muslim boys and girls”. He also wrote that Muslims are some of the biggest dealers.

“The young girls would sell themselves to get a pill from us. There were some really sick things that took place in the clubs. When I think of it now, it all makes me want to vomit.” It took a few months for him to get hooked to the extent that his life revolved around drugs.

“My parents didn’t have a clue as to what was happening. They didn’t know what symptoms to look for, since they didn’t know anything about drugs. To them I was their beloved, innocent son.”

Our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “in the last days before Qiyaamah, the faces of certain people from my Ummah will be changed into that of pigs and monkeys.” In great surprise, the Sahabah (radi allahu anhum)enquired whether they will be believers of Allah SWT and His last messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “Nont only will they believe in these things, but they will also perform Salaah, observe fast and perform Hajj.”

The reason for them being afflicted with such misfortune Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “They will be addicted to dancing and singing girls, and musical instruments. They will consume liquor excessively. One night they will pass their time in usual merriment and in the morning their faces would have transformed into those of monkeys and swine.”

This specific user reached a stage where he thought there was no way out. He described his severe depression and misery to that of being in a deep dark hole with no escape. During his reach for emotional “height” the brother was actually constantly digging and lowering himself into the depths of despair, to the point that the above Hadith became evident. “What scared me most was that my face felt like a pig’s face. I had to constantly look in the mirror to re-assure myself that I was normal.”

But by the Grace and infinite Mercy of Allah SWT he was slowly pulled out of that hole. After attending regular Dhikr and Majlis programmes by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Sahem (rahmatullahi alayh) things began to change. With the Maulana’s invaluable advice and help, the drugs, so called friends, clubs, girls, dancing and everything Haraam went out of his life.

“In return for this humble sacrifice, Allah Ta’ala granted me such joy and sweetness in my heart that there are no words to describe it. My depression, anxiety and problems all disappeared. I f I can only describe that connection that Allah Ta’ala has granted me…” He was on a permanent high – a permanent feeling of peace, tranquillity and contentment.”

These very really and very accessible feelings that millions are throwing money away for, he gained by becoming addicted to the ways of a true Muslim. The solution to every problem lies only in Allah Ta’ala, not in drugs and people, especially not in friends that take you away from your Deen.

Anyone suffering from drug addiction can come out of it. With sincere effort and by realising that our nafs (desires) and shaytaan will have to be fought right up until we eternally lay to sleep. The brother who shared his story did not seek the help provided by a rehabilitation clinic. Allah SWT guided him to the best help. The only medicine for vice and sin is walking back on the straight path.

The best pastime to indulge in is Dhikr of Allah SWT and sending salutations to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The best company to “hang out” with is the company of the pious. The only one our hearts should be reserved utterly and completely for is Allah SWT.