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Apr 22, 2016 4:35 PM

What Does Islam Say About Smoking Marijuana?

Currently, walking into a nearest medical marijuana dispensary and ordering legal marijuana is a common thing. Customers all over the nation find themselves in a wonderful world of strain varieties, topicals, capsules, infused edibles, extracts, and different weed supplies. Cannabis can be smoked, eaten, or vaporized. It is a potent medication and a great relaxation\uplifting option.

The United Nations estimated about 160 million people all around the world to use marijuana for 2014. It is almost 4 percent of the planet's population.

When it comes to the attitude of the world major religions to cannabis, most people cannot give a definite answer and that is not surprising—the weed became an integral part of our life almost insensibly and extremely fast, so we just had no time to determine its role and place.

Besides the fact that the plant usage was first mentioned long before Islam has been popped up in records, an opinion on it was never even clearly stated in scripture, leaving religious authorities to ascertain the Islamic position on this drug.

Let us figure out what does Islam say about marijuana.

What Does Islam Say About Drugs?

The place of drugs in Islam is much more complicated than we may think.

The central holy text of the Muslims, the Quran, describes itself as a book of guidance, a sign of the prophethood of Muhammad, and the truth of the religion. The Quranic verses contain general exhortations regarding right and wrong.

There is only a mention about wine in the Quran, thus, Muslims have had to figure out Islamic position on other substances by themselves. The absence of authentic statements from the prophet (verses) on cannabis allows for a number of possibilities. For example, some use qiyas (the deductive analogy) when making a ruling on marijuana-derived rulings on alcohol. If wine is intoxicating and prohibited (haraam), then all other intoxicants including cannabis, tobacco, cocaine, and any other illicit drug must be unlawful in Islam.

Others who are used to read the Holy Book more literally believe that if the Quran does not forbid the weed, no one has to right to do so. They claim that just because wine and the weed share one quality does not necessarily mean that they must be classified as the same type of substances.

Is It Forbidden for Muslims to Use Weed?

For most Muslims in the older generation, the forbidden status of the drugs, including marijuana, is obvious and thus do not need to be discussed. But more people deal with the issue directly, more questions and confusion appear and more believers try to expand their understanding of the faith. Such shifts in the matter are the most apparent in the American-Muslim community. More and more Muslim people want to refer not only to religious authorities and Islamic scholars who review the versus of the Quran and Islamic principles but also to apply directly to the original sources, change the perspective, and expand their knowledge of Islam.

Yet the most common opinion attributes marijuana to haraam due to its mind-alerting effects. It makes the weed “khamr” - the Islamic term that refers to any intoxicant and relaxant that affects your ability to discern truth from falsehood. Allah prohibited it in the strongest terms by saying “ijtaniboo” meaning to completely abandon something in any way, i.e., eating, smoking, growing, selling, transporting, or carrying.

What About Medical Use?

Basing on the fact that marijuana is haraam, its usage for medical purposes is also forbidden. Many religious leaders clearly state that any narcotic is absolutely prohibited.

In Islam, you cannot use recreational products that alert your effects, prevent you from being able to pray in a clear state of mind, and take care of your family.

While the prohibition of the high-THC strains seems more or less clear, the situation with non-psychoactive medical cannabis is pretty turbid. In this case, if the THC, the component that causes the high is not contained in the strain, how can this be considered as haraam?

Taking medical cannabis supposes to be good for those suffering chronic diseases and ailments and thus allowed. The plant should be considered a potent treatment as well as other narcotics—morphine, cocaine, oxycontin, and other opioids—though they are much addictive and toxic than cannabis. In this point, marijuana seems to be relatively safe and thus the best possible alternative treatment so far.