Can marijuana be smoked during Ramadan?

Below is a post that I wrote four years ago regarding the issue of some youth questioning if marijuana can be smoked during the month of Ramadan.

The exception to what was written below is that if someone has a prescription for marijuana for a legitimate medical reason such as glaucoma.

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http://dawudwalid.blogspot.com/2007/09/no-marijuana-inside-and-outside-of.html

I’ve become a little troubled by the amount of people, who are finding this blog by googling “marijuana Ramadan.” Muslims from Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia to the USA are making these inquires.

Clearly in Islam, all intoxicants are forbidden, which includes marijuana.

I know, it comes from “the earth” and we are allowed to use the “herbs.” Nevertheless, it is impermissible in Islam and illegal in America.

Moving to the subject of qat, a stimulant leaf that is popularly chewed in Ethiopia and Yemen, some scholars in Yemen do not deem qat as impermissible. Qat, however, is illegal in America, and its use is not legitimate here. It’s illegal! The one who smuggled it into America is a criminal just as the chewer is a violator of the law.

So for Ramadan, quit your marijuana and qat habits. And no drinking of a glass of red wine a day because the doctor said that it’s “good for the blood.”

SEE references below:

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was once asked about certain drinks made from honey, corn, or barley by the process of fermenting them until they became alcoholic. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) succinctly replied, “Every intoxicant is Khamr, and every Khamr is haram.” (Reported by Muslim.)

And `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) declared from the pulpit of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) that “Khamr is that which befogs the mind.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

Also, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Of that which intoxicates in a large amount, a small amount is haram.” (Reported by Ahmad Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi.) And again, “If a bucketful intoxicates, a sip of it is haram.” (Reported by Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi.)

The Danger of Profiling

*NOTE* – The co-chairs listed below are of the Imams Committee of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan (CIOM) not CAIR-MI.  I am, however, a member of this committee.

http://www.freep.com/article/20110728/OPINION04/107280411/Letters-danger-profiling?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Opinion

Dangerous assumptions

As religious leaders, we condemn the recent terrorist attack, which targeted youths in Oslo. No religion justifies wanton violence against civilians, and no social grievance can be legitimized through bloodshed.

As we condemn the Oslo attack, whose alleged perpetrator is an anti-Muslim hate-monger, we also raise serious concerns about presumptions that were made by some in various media outlets without facts that the perpetrator was a Muslim. To assume that terrorism cannot be committed by people of different religious traditions is not only empirically false, but also plays into the hands of the alleged perpetrator, who sought to have suspicion and even violence visited upon law-abiding Muslims.

According to FBI statistics from 1980 through 2005, 94% of planned or executed domestic terrorism attacks involved people not of the Islamic faith. Furthermore, American Muslims have reported suspicious people, which have led to attacks being thwarted.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we pray that all of us as Americans withhold judging an entire demographic of people as threats. If it is wrong for some to paint conservative white Christians as anti-immigrant, hate-mongering extremists, then it is equally wrong to cast Muslims in the same light.

Dawud Walid

Executive director Council on American-Islamic Relations–Michigan

Baqir Berry and Steve Elturk

Cochairs, CAIR-MI Southfield

CAIR-MI Asks DOJ to Probe Bias in Decision on Islamic School

CAIR-MI Asks DOJ to Probe Bias in Decision on Islamic School

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 7/26/11) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether local planning officials in that state are violating the religious rights of Muslims by denying a permit to build a school on property they own.

 

On June 16, the Michigan Islamic Academy (MIA) went before the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission for land usage approval on a newly-purchased property to be used for educational and religious purposes. The planning commission voted on a preliminary procedural motion to deny MIA’s request after concerns of disruption of neighborhood harmony were raised and derogatory comments were made about the religious practices of Muslims. (A final vote will be taken at a commission meeting on August 4.)

 

SEE: Civil Rights Groups Asks Feds to Monitor Pittsfield Decision on Muslim School (Detroit News)

http://tinyurl.com/3duymbl

 

In a letter sent yesterday to the DOJ, CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid stated in part:

 

“In a number of instances across the nation, including the controversial Murfreesboro mosque case in Tennessee, organized anti-Muslim activists raise concerns such as traffic issues and neighborhood harmony with planning commissions and zoning boards to provide legal cover for denial of zoning for mosques and Islamic schools based upon prejudice. Our assessment is that this particular case is similar to such cases.”

 

SEE: Letter to Department of Justice (DOJ)

http://tinyurl.com/3fdlruo

 

“We ask the Department of Justice to monitor the upcoming vote of the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission and to probe the motion of denial of the Michigan Islamic Academy’s land usage request as a potential violation of federal law,” said Walid.

 

He noted that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) prohibits local governments from imposing restrictions on land usage of religious institutions unless the governments provide compelling reasons for the restrictions.

 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

 

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail: lmasri@cair.com

Imams Condemn Oslo Attack, Call for Halt to Knee Jerk Reactions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Imams Condemn the Oslo Terror Attack, Call for Halt to Knee Jerk Reactions

(WARREN,MI, 08/26/11) – As religious leaders, we condemn the recent terrorist attack, which targeted youth in Oslo,Norway.  No religion justifies wanton violence against civilians, and no social grievance can be legitimized through bloodshed.

As we condemn the Oslo terror attack, whose alleged perpetrator is an anti-Muslim hate-monger, we also raise serious concerns about presumptions that were made by some in various media outlets without facts that the perpetrator was a Muslim.  To assume that terrorism cannot be committed by persons of different religious traditions is not only empirically false, but also plays into the hands of the alleged perpetrator, who sought to have suspicion and even violence visited upon law-abiding Muslims.

According to FBI statistics from 1980 through 2005, 94 percent of planned or executed domestic terrorism attacks involved persons not of the Islamic faith.  Furthermore, American Muslims have reported suspicious persons, which have led to attacks being thwarted.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we pray that all of us as Americans withhold judging an entire demographic of people as threats.  If it is wrong for some to paint conservative White Christians as anti-immigrant, hate-mongering extremists, then it is equally wrong to cast Muslims in the same light.

The Imams Committee of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan represents a coalition of Muslim religious leaders (imams) in the Metro-Detroit area.

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CONTACT: CIOM’s Imams Council Co-chairs, Imam Baqir Berry, (313) 903-1222, Imam
Steve Elturk, (248) 210-4156, or CAIR-MI Executive Director Imam Dawud Walid, (248) 842-1418. Email to CIOM: admin@ciomonline.com

CIOM’s Mission statement

As a council our mission is to coordinate and proactively communicate key issues forMichigan’s Islamic organizations

and build bridges and positive collaboration with government, law enforcement, civic, interfaith and media organizations. We strive to present Islam in all its facets, and to constructively respond to any negative, stereotypical portrayal of Islam and Muslims.