By: Shaykh Abdullah Kapodravi
On 7th April 2006, Shaykh Abdullah Kapodravi (db), a prominent scholar from India, made an impromptu speech before Salat al-Jumu`ah Jumma Masjid, Batley, England. He highlighted the dangers facing Muslims in today’s turbulent times, pleading Muslim parents to focus on their responsibilities, and asking the audience to implement the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The Shaykh is a prolific writer, orator and educationalist, who served as chancellor of Darul Uloom Tadkeshwar, India for 28 years. He has traveled extensively in the Islamic world and the West. He is aged 74, and currently resides in Canada. The speech was translated and edited by Sulaiman Kazi.
All praise is due to Almighty God, Allah, and may He, the Exalted, bestow His peace and blessings upon Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, upon his good and pure family, as well as upon all of the noble companions, and upon those who follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgment.
Friends, a very serious issue that confronts the Islamic world today is the character of our youth, which is far removed from Islamic teachings. When I read newspaper accounts about the behavior of our youth my heart cries with pain. I anguish where is the Ummah heading? Could anyone have imaged that in this Ummah a mother would have an illicit relationship with her son? Lamentably, this is happening. A Muslim youth would be drinking? A Muslim youth would be stealing? A Muslim youth and s/he has no respect towards his/her elders? Bad character is manifesting itself everywhere. And the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, was sent into the world to correct human conduct and morals. As the famous poet Shauki said: “In the world communities are raised with noble conduct, communities are obliterated with bad character.”
ADDICTION, IS THERE HOPE?
In The Name Of Allah,
The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful
The aim of this book is to help Muslims who have an addict in their family through better understanding of addiction and the role the family plays in recovery, not only for the addict but for themselves as well.
Sadly today the Muslim community has its share of drug and alcohol problems. Some have succumbed to the lure of taking the easy way out in life, following their desires, given in to materialism and forgetting sincere worship, obedience and gratitude to Allah (swt) [subhanallahu wa ta`ala – Glory to Allah Most High]. Some of our youth have especially been the victims of this. Their Islamic upbringing has been neglected. They have fallen prey to peer pressures and evil, which they are constantly bombarded with and are caught up in the awful grip of drug and or alcohol addiction and associated crime. Without the tools of Islamic knowledge and faith to guide, help and comfort them through the minefield of evil in this society, they are left without protection. They are lost unless they are given and accept the truth. The truth that only Islam has to offer.
It is our responsibility to face up to the problem, not covering it up, pretending it doesn’t exist. We must accept the fact that our youth are suffering and are in desperate need of our help. It is up to every able Muslim to work towards solving this problem. This doesn’t necessarily mean every Muslim has to be a trained social worker, working in this field: but every Muslim has the responsibility to at least educate themselves and their families, firstly about their deen (Islamic way of life) and about drug addiction, it’s causes, effects and solutions.
The medical facts in this booklet as well as advice and assistance in editing were provided by Dr. Tamer El-Kahil, MB. BS. Aleppo University, Syria. AMC. FRACS I, Australia. May Allah (swt) reward him for his help, support and encouragement in producing this booklet and for his dedication and hard work in the care of people who suffer from drug addiction.
The Arabic translation is by Br. Mohammad Bawazeer and formatting of the Arabic text by Br. Bashir Sawalha, manager of Artline Design and Print, Lakemba NSW.
Many thanks also to the other brothers and sisters who assisted with advice, information and generous funding to publish and print this book.
May Allah reward them all in this life and the next.
Your comments, suggestions and advice regarding this book and related matters are welcome. If you would like to contact other Muslims to establish a support network please write to:
P.O. Box 6191,
Lakemba Business Centre,
The life of the family of a person with drug addiction can become an existence of misery, anxiety, frustration, confusion, and desperation. Normal life is devastated. But there is a way to regain sanity and normality back into life. The keys to finding the answers are 1) turning to ALLAH (swt) for guidance and help, and 2) knowledge about drugs, addiction, and the role the family plays in recovery.
Alhamdulillah, (Praise Allah) Muslims should always have hope that Allah (swt) will help us out of our difficulties and not despair.
Qur’an Surah (Chapter) al-Talaq 65: 2+3
“…and whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out”
“…and whoever relies upon Allah, then indeed He is sufficient for him”