Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Holidays are difficult for students. Most of them do not know what to do to pass their time. The boredom they experience leads them to all kinds of sins : music, television, cinema, theatres, clubs, etc. Even casinos and escort agencies are now being frequented by our youth.
When the ‘thrill’ and ‘enjoyment’ of these sins wears off and the boredom and monotony of the ‘same old thing’ sets in, their boredom leads them to drugs - to induce a high, so that they may experience some artificial enjoyment.
After that ‘high’, they take more and more until they are hooked onto the habit. They become complete wrecks and destroy their lives. They then come crashing right down.
A young girl, who may have been under some sort of intoxicant, and who I was later informed, was from the university, dashed into the Madrasa office one day.
She said : “Maulana, I have a question for you.”
I asked : “What is the question ?”
She replied : “Is it Haraam to take drugs ?”
I said : “No.” This reply must have surprised her. …She probably thought that at least she had found a Maulana who has declared drug-taking as Halaal (lawful).
She fired another question : “Is it perfectly acceptable to take drugs?”
I replied : “Yes.” This must have shocked her even more.
I thereafter explained to her that there are many different types of drugs prescribed by doctors, for various ailments and diseases. Within the prescribed limits, these are permissible. But to take drugs so that you may ‘visit’ the planets and the ‘people of outer space’ or that you may ‘fly without wings’ is definitely not permissible. Such drugs ruin a person’s respect and dignity.
Why was she taking drugs? …Perhaps she was experimenting, or trying to impress, or depressed, or rebelling, or just bored.
Those who believe in Allah Ta’ala and have an intense love for Allah, can never suffer boredom. How can you ever become bored in your search for the Beloved?
Islam is so beautiful and practical as a way of life, that included in its teachings are enjoyment, entertainment and pleasures of the Halaal (lawful) kind in order for one to stay refreshed. It is only left for us to appreciate…
By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)
from the book "KICKING THE HABIT"