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Kicking the Habit – Booklet

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INTRODUCTION

Anything that takes a person away from the obedience and remembrance of Allah Ta’ala, can neither contain any goodness, nor have any merit. Negligence in one’s relationship with Allah Ta’ala inevitably draws loss upon loss, in this world and the next.

The word ‘addiction’ generally directs the thought to common evils such as alcohol consumption, drug abuse and even the very offensive habit of smoking.

In Surah Maa`idah, Allah Ta’ala calls Intoxicants and gambling, ‘Rijs’ (filth), ‘a work of shaytaan’, a medium by which shaytaan causes anger and enmity, as well as prevents and hinders a person from the Remembrance of Allah Ta’ala and from Salaah. Rasulullah (saw) has called intoxicants, ‘the source of all evils’.
Dependence and obsession of these habits are found common in almost all the societies of the world. Unfortunately and sadly, so many from amongst the Muslim Ummah are themselves lost to these same evils.

The ills that arise from these addictions are so severe and numerous, that the combined measures taken by societies and governments carry little weight and fall short in eliminating these evils. However, solution to the problem and salvation from the problem is simply submission to the Qur`aan Shareef.
The Qur`aan Shareef and the Ahaadeeth direct us to that which is commendable and pure, and prohibit the indulgence of that which is harmful and impure.

Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Shareef :

“O PEOPLE, EAT PERMISSIBLE GOOD THINGS OUT OF WHAT LIES IN
THE EARTH, AND DO NOT FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHAYTAAN
(SATAN); INDEED, HE IS AN OPEN ENEMY FOR YOU. HE ORDERS YOU
ONLY TO (DO) EVIL AND IMMODEST ACTS…”
[SURAH BAQARAH 2 : 168 / 169]

ْ“O YOU WHO BELIEVE, EAT OF THE GOOD THINGS WE HAVE PROVIDED
TO YOU AND BE GRATEFUL TO ALLAH…”
[SURAH BAQARAH 2 : 172]

Mufti Muhammad Shafi (mentioned the following reason to this Divine injunction in his Tafseer
(commentary), Ma’ariful Qur`aan : “The act of eating Haraam promotes evil instincts, kills the taste of Ibaadah (worship) and makes the prayers ineffective.

In contrast, eating Halaal generates inner light, creates a distaste for evil deeds, leads towards high morals, and creates a state in which the heart welcomes Ibaadah and finds the very thought of sin sickening, and of course, prayers are answered.”

One of the major reasons for the present weakness and miserable state of the Ummah is negligence in matters pertaining to Halaal and Haraam food; if not the deliberate consumption of Haraam. The results are clear as daylight.

The purpose of this compilation is to motivate the ‘addict’ to give up his addiction, and to also awaken the minds of the negligent from their slumber of indifference.

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