The question of whether weed, or marijuana, is considered haram in Islam is one that has been debated among scholars for quite some time. To shed some light on this issue, let’s delve into what respected scholars and Islamic sources have to say.
According to Al-‘Allamah Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, a prominent Islamic scholar, “The evidence for its being forbidden is the report narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad and by Abu Dawud in his Sunan with a sahih isnad from Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade all kinds of intoxicants and relaxants.”
This means that not only is hashish forbidden, but all forms of intoxicants and relaxants are prohibited. So, whether it’s marijuana, hashish, or any other similar substance, the general consensus among scholars is that these substances are haram because they intoxicate and relax individuals. Those who consume them tend to experience drowsiness and languor, which is against the principles of a clear and focused mind as encouraged in Islam.
In fact, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah emphasized in al-Fatawa al-Kubra that “Consuming this hashish in solid form is haram, and it is one of the most evil of haram plants, whether a little of it is consumed or a lot.” So, the amount consumed does not change its prohibition in Islamic law.
Furthermore, Al-‘Allamah Ibn Qasim al-Shafi’i made it clear that the form of consumption does not alter the ruling: “What is meant by the drinker is the consumer, whether it is drunk or consumed otherwise, whether there is consensus on its being forbidden or there is a difference of opinion concerning that, and whether it is solid or liquid, cooked or raw.”
Islamic law forbids the consumption of drugs and intoxicants due to the harm they cause to the mind, soul, family, and society. The negative effects of such substances are well-documented and discussed in various Islamic sources. So, it is essential for Muslims to abstain from them to protect their well-being and spirituality.
Is weed a remedy for stress and anxiety?
Many people turn to substances like weed or hashish to relieve stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to note that the use of these substances is not an acceptable solution according to Islamic teachings. Allah has forbidden what harms us, and the remedy for the ummah (community) is not found in what is prohibited.
In a hadith reported in Sahih Muslim, it is mentioned that Tariq ibn Suwayd al-Ju’fi asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) about alcohol, and he replied, “It is not a remedy, it is a disease.”
So, what can you do to cope with stress and anxiety according to Islamic guidance?
- Pray for forgiveness: Engage in heartfelt prayers, seeking Allah’s forgiveness. It’s a powerful way to find solace and inner peace.
- Perform wudu and pray: Regularly performing ablution and offering prayers is a source of great strength in times of hardship and worry.
- Engage in dhikr (remembrance of Allah): Remembering Allah through regular supplication and recitation of His names and attributes can bring peace of mind and tranquility.
- Send blessings upon the Prophet: Make a habit of sending blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). It’s said to be a means of alleviating worries and obtaining forgiveness for sins.
- Avoid stressors: Identify the sources of your stress and anxiety and take steps to avoid or manage them as much as possible.
If your anxiety is tied to concerns about the future, such as financial worries, put your trust in Allah and have a positive outlook. As the Quran states in Surah At-Talaq (65:3), “And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose.”
In conclusion, while it may be tempting to seek relief from stress and anxiety through substances like weed, it’s essential to remember that these actions are considered haram in Islam. Instead, focus on the remedies and practices outlined in Islamic teachings, which are designed to bring peace, comfort, and solace to your heart and mind.
May Allah guide us all in making choices that align with our faith and bring us closer to Him. And, as always, Allah knows best.