Drop the drugs – It is HOT!
We live in a world where it has been made to be “cool” and “fun” to take drugs, cigarette and alcohol. This is made popular especially among teenagers. Are drugs like cocaine, heroin and their likes really fun? Is it cool to take alcohol? What about cigarette?
Our Body: Is It Ours?
When we were born, we were all blessed with the best of all our body organs (Yes, we were given all that for free). Our lips, wind pipes, lungs, kidneys were all working perfectly fine in many of us. The beautiful aspect of this gift is that we were given all of them to see how we will use it, for good or bad.
“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?”
Surah Al-Muminun Chapter 23 verse 115
What Is Fun and Cool?
Before we go deep into this article, let us clarify what are the actual definition of fun and cool. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary:
- what provides amusement or enjoyment
- a mood for finding or making amusement
a : very good
b : fashionable
Why Do Youths Take Drugs?
According to an article by the National Institute On Drug Abuse, many of us fall into using drugs for the following reasons:
- To fit in with a social circle that may include drug using peers
- To feel good and have euphoria
- To do better athletically or academically
- To feel better from depression, social anxiety or physical pain
- To experiment and get new experiences
The above are only a few out of many reasons why many of us have gotten hooked with drugs. Does any of them relate to you? Does anyone feel or sounds familiar?
What are the benefit of taking drugs?
While we may be taking drugs and having a feeling that it makes us feel good, in the opposite side they are actually of no benefits to you or your environment. In fact, many of them expose you to long term damages.
Some of the drugs and the route of how it is used can present itself with many negative effects. It affects nearly all parts of your body from the heart to the bowels. Let us take a few examples:
- Some of the drugs affects your heart rates and increases your chances of heart attack.
- Injecting the drugs could lead to a collapse vein and infection in your heart valves.
- If you are pregnant, some of the drugs can affect the baby or even worse cause miscarriage
- The cartilage of your nose can be damage if you snort drugs over time
- Lung Cancer, kidney and liver damages
- Seizures, stroke and brain damages
- Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths are as a result of drug or alcohol use.
How Do We Drop The Drugs?
It is vital to know that our connection with Allah and our ultimate worship of Him alone is our main purpose of creation.
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”
Surah Adh-dhariyah Chapter 51 Verse 56
“[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed -…”
Surah Al-Mulk Chapter 67 Verse 2
What drugs and alcohol does is to take us far away from our purpose of creation. The beauty is that our Creator, Allah, always allows for a U-Turn no matter how far we have gone away from Him.
The two keys among others of breaking away from drugs and alcohol is Patience and Perseverance.
“So be patient; indeed, the [best] outcome is for the righteous.”
Surah Hud Chapter 11 Verse 49
The following tips will help you to stay away from drugs and alcohol inshaAllah (God’s willing):
- Allah is the one who is willing to always listen to you. Ask Him, call on Him and seek for His aid to tackle the challenge.
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.”
Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 186
- Do it for Allah. Drop the drugs because of your love for Allah. You don’t want to fail or let Allah down.
- Keep your salah constant, no matter what happens. It is one of your last defences.
“…Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater…”
Surah Al-Ankabut Chapter 29 Verse 45
- Write down specifics on how drugs and alcohol has negatively affected you (Be honest to yourself brother/sister).
- Write down also the positive impacts leaving drugs and alcohol will have on your life.
- Set a specific goal and break it down to monthly, weekly and daily plans.
- Stay away from friends and environment that are connected to drugs and alcohol.
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.”
Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4833
- Staying away from some drugs make you have withdrawal symptoms which could include seizures, anxiousness, hallucinations etc. Therefore, seek a medical advice.
- Break the old habits by creating a new habits to replace the old ones. Plan your day, every single hour of the day.
- The fight is not always over. Keep fighting to stay away from this and other harmful substances.
Paradise at last!
Every single event in our life is a test from our Creator. However, it is only in remembering Him and keeping our connection with Him that we live a life of ease, comfort and rest. It is beautifully put in the Noble Qur’an:
“…Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest!”
Surah Ar-Ra’d Chapter 13 Verse 28
That is the paradise on earth that no one can take away from you, my brother and my sister but first you need to drop the drug!