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Islamic Perspective to Drug Abuse Prevention

let’s shift our attention to promoting Islamic values and supporting those who have overcome addiction
06:05 AM Jul 07, 2024 IST | Guest Contributor
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As we continue to grapple with the scourge of drug abuse, it’s essential to reexamine our approach to prevention and treatment. While raising awareness about the dangers of drugs is crucial, we must consider whether our efforts are inadvertently glamorizing drug use. Islam teaches us to avoid excess and extravagance (Israaf) and seek refuge in Allah from harmful substances (Khabeeth).

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The Glamorization of Drugs: A Contravention of Islamic Values

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By constantly talking about drugs, we may be inadvertently glamorizing them, which goes against Islamic values. Young Muslims, in particular, may be drawn to the thrill and excitement associated with drug use, neglecting the Islamic emphasis on self-care and preservation (Hifz).

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The Danger of Glamorization

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Glamorizing drug addiction can have severe consequences, including:

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- Normalizing drug use among young people

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- Encouraging experimentation and risky behavior

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- Creating a culture of sympathy for drug users, rather than support for recovery

- Distracting from the real issues and solutions

Instead of perpetuating the glamorization of drug addiction, we must focus on promoting a culture of recovery, support, and Islamic values.

Promoting Islamic Values and Support

Rather than solely focusing on the dangers of drugs, let’s shift our attention to promoting Islamic values and supporting those who have overcome addiction. By sharing stories of hope and resilience, we can create a more positive narrative and inspire others to seek help. This approach acknowledges the complexities of addiction and offers a more comprehensive solution, aligned with Islamic principles:

- Tawakkul (Trust in Allah): Encouraging individuals to trust in Allah’s mercy and guidance

- Sabr (Patience): Supporting individuals in their struggles and recovery

- Shukr (Gratitude): Fostering gratitude for health and well-being

- Ihsan (Excellence): Promoting self-care and personal growth

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- The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “A person who guides others to virtue will receive a reward similar to that of the one who follows it, without lessening the reward of either.” (Muslim)

- Islam teaches us to care for our physical and mental health, as part of our duty to preserve our faith (Deen) and our bodies (Badaan)

- The Quran emphasizes the importance of seeking help and support from others, saying, “And help one another in goodness and righteousness.” (5:2)

By incorporating these Islamic principles and values, we can create a more comprehensive and effective approach to drug abuse prevention and recovery.

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