islam and weed

Is smoking marijuana haraam?

While there’s controversy about whether marijuana causes long term effects, let’s assume that the long term damage is no different than eating fatty foods or sugary drinks. It’s clearly less harmful than smoking tobacco, so it does not fall under the exact same legality.

Marijuana acts more as a hallucinogen and sedative, but I can’t find anything that explicitly forbids those. I’m thinking it may be forbidden as an intoxicant, but it is a different form of intoxication than alcohol.

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An intoxicant is defined, for legal purposes in Islam, as anything that dulls the senses and induces a state of mental fogginess (e.g. to the point where one is unaware of what one does). For example, one such principle is mentioned in the following narration from `Umar (ra)

وَالْخَمْرُ مَا خَامَرَ الْعَقْلَ

And khamr is what confuses and stupefies the mind

By qiyas (analogy) to other kinds of khamr, the scholars have declared cannabis/hemp/marijuana haram (prohibited and sinful).

There is no point in arguing about the effects of marijuana on the mind – the effects of THC are well-documented.

narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad and by Abu Dawood in his Sunan with a saheeh isnaad from Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade all kinds of intoxicants and relaxants. The scholars said that relaxants are things that cause drowsiness and languor in the limbs.

Intoxicanting: Cause (someone) to lose control of their faculties or behavior.

Relaxants: A drug used to promote relaxation or reduce tension.

Languor: The state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia

Ineria: A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged

I always blaze a doob when making a big decision. I spark one when I need to relax. When I need to think. When I am feeling mellow. When I need to feel chill. It’s not an addiction, my mind just craves being on another plane of existence. It’s not about quitting, it’s about accepting that mother nature has offered her mana and it’s called Marijuana. Get on the train or get crushed by the gears.

Such confessions leave no room for doubt that at minimum, marijuana is a relaxant, which are forbidden. At worst, marijuana is an intoxicant which is also forbidden. That confession shows hypocrisy too. He says it’s not an addiction, yet he craves the effects.

One of the greatest distinction of human beings is that Allah has given us with intelligence. Thus we can make decisions through it of what is right and what is harmful to us. We use it everyday to make important decisions. Anything that clouds our thinking ability thus lowers us from the honour that God has bestowed upon us. The things that have these properties have thus been forbidden by Allah. This includes alcohol and any type of drugs including weed.

First of all, you have to know a reason based on common sense that What Islam told us to leave, we have to leave it. Where Allah and Prophet Muhammad put Full stop, we should not go even an inch beyond it.

About your point of weed, Heroine has somewhat same effects on people, but can we make it legal?

In short, what is Haram in Islam, no matter how many benefits it has, we have to consider it Haram and avoid it at all costs..

Anything that causes intoxication is prohibited in Islam according to our beloved Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him:

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: “The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If a large amount of anything causes intoxication, a small amount of it is prohibited. (Translation of Sunan Abu-Dawud, Drinks (Kitab Al-Ashribah), Book 26, Number 3673)”

“That which intoxicates in large quantities is prohibited in small quantities.” (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and others, with a sound chain of narrators)

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Weed? Hadith states, anything that causes drowsiness(Even drowsiness) is forbidden. Its least amount is forbidden. So anything, that has a relation to some drug is forbidden.

You might need to consider this: Alcohol is used in medicines, but is allowed. Why? Its allowed for the cure, but if you use it as a drink. Its forbidden. Weed, marijuana, opium! If used for some cure (medical might have the answer) are allowed, else they are forbidden!

Asalam u alikum wr wb, I read it alot. Is it haraam or halal. Let me explian it. Canabis has an alkaloid component. On the level of molecule it differes from alcohol. Some Alkaloids are phycoactive. It alter state of mind. Sadis of india use it frequentlly as part of thier spiritual excersice. But using such substance, is in its core: materialism. To experiance and alter mind based on matter and dependent on matter is no spitualism at all. It is chaining ur self om matter and bound by matter. Playing with alkloid and ur mind is no purity. If you want to experince, our propheet has teached us the way. It is by fasting and avoiding somr foods. Fasting and eating properlly as propheet teached us is the proper way of true alter state. Dont forget the dhikr as part of alter state. I know what alkloid does and it is not proper way of altering mind. Beside that , using alkloid has back fire. Which is u can get possessed. If you toon ur mind on wrong frequancy, you will get the wrong signal.

It is not Haram. THC is not toxic to the brain and therefore is not an intoxicant. It is consumed in its unaltered form and has numerous health benefits that far exceed any so called intoxicant like alcohol.

A so called marijuana high is nothing like an alcohol buzz. Stop putting everything in the same bucket. Next type the doctor gives any of these “Marijuana is haram” crowd even a tylenol or pain killer, they should refuse it as it does have some mind altering chemicals present in small quantities.

i think there is a mix of personal opinion weed doesn’t do the same things as alcohol to ones mind the effects are differnt and its clear

the way pple are looking at this is same way a non drinker looks at a drinker

An intoxicant is defined, for legal purposes in Islam, as anything that dulls the senses and induces a state of mental fogginess (e.g. to the point where one is unaware of what one does).

love is an intoxicant, food is an intoxicant (oooh i cant believe i ate that much), sex is an intoxicant (you dirty girl, can’t believe you did that), are they all haraam? no they are not

alcohol was specifically mentioned, weed was around at the time of the prophet pbuh, so if Allah swt wanted to include weed then he would have told his messenger. but i dont see that anywhere in the quran or hadith

alcoholics dont become prominent leaders and thinker, physicists, engineers, artists. creativity is not born from alcohol, weed on the other hand is a different story

to each his own because at the end of the day we have to stand before Allah swt alone.

but one thing for sure, anything not done in moderation should also be considered haraam. so light up your spliff but be mindful it doesn’t get lit more than your desire for salaat

Is smoking marijuana haraam? While there’s controversy about whether marijuana causes long term effects, let’s assume that the long term damage is no different than eating fatty foods or sugary

Marijuana Is Kosher — But Is It Halal?

According to Genesis 1:29, God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”

And cannabis is no exception here.

So we already know pot is kosher — even kosher for Passover, no less — but is it halal?

Marijuana Is Kosher — But Is It Halal?

Kashrut and halal, the Islamic dietary laws, share a lot in common. Both prohibit pork and insects, both permit bovine and fish, but only with scales and fins. One major difference, however, is that alcohol is haram, or the Islamic concept of treyf. But cannabis, on the other hand, occupies more grey area.

The Quran does not expressly prohibit cannabis, as it does alcohol. While drinking is sinful, Islamic thought evaluates other mind-altering substances based on whether they “curtain the mind.” (In this sense, “curtain” means to veil or cover.)

As one of the Prophet Muhammad’s hadiths, or sayings, goes, “If much intoxicates, than even a little is haram.” So by this philosophy, if a lot of weed can get you very stoned, then even a little should be disallowed. After all, it would hence be classified as a “khamr,” or intoxicant.

But it’s more complicated with regard to medical marijuana.

“Muslims believe that there is no disease or illness that comes from God that can afflict humans that doesn’t have some sort of cure, some sort of medicine or treatment,” explains Ismail Ali, vice chair of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) board of directors, policy/advocacy council for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and an observant Muslim. This perspective, he says, can also be applied to the medical uses of cannabis.

Under a physician’s guidance, medical marijuana is not considered haram if it’s being used to treat a valid medical issue. Yet, more conservative Muslims may debate the extent to which ailments like PMS or generalized anxiety are as legitimate a medical reason to use cannabis as more terminal illnesses like cancer or epilepsy.

“My interpretation of whether or not a substance itself is haram, or prohibited, depends on intention,” says Ali. “The intention of behavior in Islam is one of the most crucial determining factors for whether something is wrong.” While someone’s intention and behavior are still up for interpretation by others, the way an individual reconciles their cannabis use and Islamic observance is quite personal.

That said, it’s almost unanimously agreed upon that the recreational use of cannabis contradicts the maqasid al-Sharia, or the higher aims and objectives of Islamic law.

In practice though, the presence of cannabis throughout Muslim regions tells a different story.

For centuries, hashish has been grown and traded throughout the Arab world, with Morocco and Afghanistan among the top providers. Meanwhile, in 2014, the Grand Ayatollah Sayyad Mohammad Sadeq Hussaini Rohani in Qom, Iran, issued a fatwa, or religious legal ruling, that entheogens (spiritual plant medicines) and psychedelics are halal for Shi’i Muslims under supervision. He also ruled that these plant substances don’t impair the mind or spirit. Rohani’s fatwa was prompted by an inquiry from Sufi mystic and Islamic scholar Wahid Azal from Lebanon.

So even if cannabis for recreational use is haram, it has been nearly ubiquitous nonetheless in Muslim-majority countries, especially among lower classes and for spiritual uses among the Sufi. According to legend, Haydar, the Persian founder of Sufism, stumbled upon a cannabis plant while wandering in the mountains. He ate the leaves and returned to his monastery talkative and spirited. In A Comprehensive Guide to Cannabis Literature, Ernest Abel, recounts how Haydar finally told his peers what he ate that made him so happy — so they, too, ventured into the mountains to try the cannabis plant and uncover the “pleasures of hashish.”

The laws of kosher and halal share a lot in common. What are their views on cannabis? Is it haram?