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.

Civil rights group asks feds to monitor Pittsfield decision on Muslim school

http://detnews.com/article/20110725/METRO/107250406/Civil-rights-group-asks-feds-to-monitor-Pittsfield-decision-on-Muslim-school#ixzz1TDWktxd5

Last Updated: July 25. 2011 5:52PM

Civil rights group asks feds to monitor Pittsfield decision on Muslim school

Oralandar Brand-Williams/ The Detroit News

Detroit — The local office of a Muslim civil rights organization is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether Pittsfield Township officials are violating the religious rights of a Muslim school by denying the school’s permit to locate on property it purchased on Ellsworth Road.

Members of the CAIR-Michigan sent a letter today to the U.S. Department of Justice asking the federal office to investigate saying it’s concerned that local opposition by residents “negatively influenced” the township’s decision to deny a request for rezoning.

In the letter, CAIR-Michigan executive director Dawud Walid said the planning commission voted to deny the school a permit at its June 16 citing traffic concerns and a “disruption of neighborhood harmony.”

CAIR-Michigan officials want Department of Justice representatives to attend the Aug. 4 meeting of the township’s Planning Commission to monitor the hearing and to “probe this case as a potential violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons.”

“In a number of instances across the nation … 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,” said Walid in his letter to the local office of the Department of Justice.

Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal said her community is a “very diverse” one which is reflected on its various boards including the planning commission.

Lena Masri, CAIR-Michigan’s staff attorney as well as the attorney for the school, said she is certain the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission will vote to deny the school a permit to open a school on the Ellsworth property.

“We’re asking the Department of Justice to monitor the proceedings to make sure there is no abridgement of their constitutional religious rights,” Masri said today.

Masri said an appeal will be filed if the planning commission does not approve the permit for the school, a 300-pupil coed academy that has outgrown its facilities in Ann Arbor.

 

Norway & terrorists who aren’t Muslims? Say it ain’t so…

The world was recently shocked by the brutal terrorist attack committed by Anders Behring Breivik, a White Christian, in Oslo, Norway, which thus far has left 93 people dead and a similar number wounded. Predictably as the news story broke, however, some media outlets quickly pronounced without facts that this dreadful attack was perpetrated by Muslims.

In fact even after Breivik has basically confessed to this crime against humanity, irresponsible media still blame Muslims for the attack on-line.

SEE: Norway’s 9/11 (Investor’s Business Daily)

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/579222/201107221832/Norways-911.htm

Anti-Muslim bigot Michael Savage recently even went as far as to not only blame Muslims but also liberalism and even President Obama indirectly for the attack.

SEE: Michael Savage -Norway’s 9/11 – July 22, 2011 part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA2Ove2ccvA

 

Perhaps, Investor’s Business Daily, Michael Savage and Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post need a refresher course in terrorism in America, primarily committed by White folks who are not Muslims.

In March of this year, White supremacist Christian Kevin Harpman attempted to bomb a MLK Day parade in Washington State.  In January of this year in Arizona, Joseph Loughner killed 16 people including a federal judge and injured 14 in a shooting rampage.  And let’s not forget the February 2010 suicide attack of Joseph Stack, who wrote an anti-government, anti-IRS manifesto, then flew an airplane into a building in Texas, which killed an African-American war hero, who worked for the IRS.

In the case of Loughner and Stack, their acts of terror were not labeled as terrorism by the government or corporate media and were dismissed as acts of mentally unstable persons, almost like they had a bad moments or a bad day.  When it comes to non-Whites or foreigners, especially when they’re Muslims, the terrorist label seems so easily applied.  The inverse, however, is not.

Below is a refresher of some terror incidents in America as of 2001 in which Muslims were not involved. (Compiled by The American Muslim – Sheila Musaji).

http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamophobia_can_be_a_useful_term/0018676

- Jim D. Adkisson opened fire in the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville TN killing two and injuring seven (a note found in his SUV indicated this was intended as a suicide attack and said the church was apparently targeted because of its support of liberal social policies),

- Alabama Free Militia, five members of anti-immigration militia were arrested for planning a machine gun attack on Mexicans.  During raids by federal agents, authorities seized 130 hand grenades, two machine guns and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition

- Chad Altman and Sergio Baca were arrested for the arson of Dr. Curtis Boyd’s clinic in AlbuquerqueNM

- The Animal Liberation Front targeted a UCLA professor with a firebomb due to her research on animals,

- Daniel L. Barefoot, Sharon Renee Barefoot, Jonathan A. Avery, Jonathan Maynard, Marvin G. Gautier and Rossie Lynwood Strickland , six members of the Nation’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan pleaded guilty to a variety of weapons and conspiracy charges in connection with an illegal gun trading scheme in the early 2000s to finance a plan to blow up the Johnston County, North Carolina, courthouse.

- Philip Bay planned a massacre of fellow Virginia Beach students

- John Patrick Bedell, an anti-government extremist walks into the Pentagon and opens fire, wounding two officers before he is himself shot dead.

- Kody Brittingham, a Marine is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.

- Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many others at Virginia Tech before committing suicide,

- Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, two white power skinheads plot to target an African American High School and kill 88 blacks and decapitate 14 more (the numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic to white supremacists) and although expecting to fail try to assassinate Barack Obama,

- Demetrius Van Crocker a white supremacist from rural TN attempted to acquire Sarin nerve gas and C-4 explosives that he planned to use to destroy government buildings,

- James Cummings dirty bomb plot, Belfast, Maine, police discover the makings of a nuclear “dirty bomb” in the basement of a white supremacist shot dead by his wife. The man, who was independently wealthy, reportedly was agitated about the election of President Obama and was crafting a plan to set off the bomb.

- Matthew L. Derosia rammed a SUV into the front entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota

- John Earl, a Catholic priest drove his car into the Northern Illinois Health Clinic and pulled out an ax before being shot at by a security guard,

- Earth Liberation Front members plead guilty to burning The Center for Urban Horticulture at the Universityof Washington.

- Paul Ross Evans left a package at a women’s health clinic in Austin, Texascontaining an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death. A bomb squad detonated the device after evacuating the building. Paul Ross Evans (who had a criminal record for armed robbery and theft) was found guilty of the crime

-  David Anthony Fuselier and 4 other members of the American Invisible Empire of the Ku Klux Klan were convicted in federal court in Louisianaon conspiracy and intimidation charges for burning a cross at the residence of three African-American men in Longville, Louisiana. The five men, who all pleaded guilty, had burned the cross in an attempt to coerce the victims into leaving the community

-  Matt Hale of the WorldChurchof the Creator was convicted in 2004 of soliciting the murder of Chicagofederal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow

-  Jeffrey Harbin who has ties to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and was formerly a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, arrested for transporting 12 grenade-like improvised explosive devices.

- Kevin William Hardham has been charged with illegal possession of an explosive device and attempting to use a “weapon of mass destruction,” after leaving a backpack bomb with the potential of killing or injuring dozens of people along the route of a Martin Luther King Day “unity march” in downtown Spokane, Wash

- Lucas John Helder rigged pipe bombs in private mailboxes to explode when the boxes were opened, He injured 6 people in Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, and Iowa. His motivation was to garner media attention so that he could spread a message denouncing government control over daily lives and the illegality of marijuana.

- Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport, LA,

- David Hull, PennsylvaniaKlan leader was convicted of a variety of illegal weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to use hand grenades to attack abortion clinics; he also allegedly told an informant that he had turned his car into a “suicide bomb on wheels.”

- Hutaree “Christian warrior” militia.  Seven militiamen from the Hutaree Militia in Michiganand Ohioare arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate local police officers with the intent of sparking a new civil war.

- An Idaho Mountain Militia Boys plot to kill a judge an a police officer and break a friend out of jail is uncovered,

- Vadim Ignatov shooting attack on Muslim home in Oregon

- Bruce Ivins anthrax attacks kill five across the U.S.with politicians and media officials as the apparent targets,

- JDL plot by Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel to blow up the King Fahd Mosque and the office of Congressman Darrell Issa in CA foiled,

- Jerry and Joe Kane, two “sovereign citizens” gunned down two police officers who pull them over for a traffic violation, and then wound two more officers in a shootout in which both of them are eventually killed.

- Anarchist Joseph Konopka was found in possession of deadly amounts of sodium cyanide and potassium cyanide

- William Krar is charged for his part in the Tyler poison gas plot, a white supremacist related plan, his weapons cache included a half a million rounds of ammunition, more than 60 pipe bombs, machine guns, silencers, and remote-controlled bombs disguised as briefcases.

- James J. Lee wearing explosives and carrying a gun took hostages at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Marylandbefore being killed by police. He was protesting the channel’s “anti environmental” message and programming encouraging birth of humans who he called filthy

- Ryan Daniel Lewis was convicted of arson in a number of incidents on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front in CA

- Thomas Hayward Lewis, a white power skinhead arrested in MobileAlabamafor vandalism and cache of explosives found in his home

- Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged mass murderer who shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizonaat a political gathering

- Donny Love, Sr. has been indicted for his alleged role in bombing of the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego.  Multiple nail-laden pipe bombs exploded at a Federal Courthouse in San Diegocausing “considerable damage” to the entrance and lobby and sending shrapnel two blocks away. The F.B.I. is investigating links between this attack and an April 25 explosion at the FedEx building also in San Diego

- Keith Luke went on shooting spree in MA to kill as many non whites and Jews as possible,

- Dennis & Daniel Mahon send mail bombs to a diversity office in Scottsdale AZ that injure three,

- Alberto Martinez – two officers were killed at Forward Operating Base Danger in Tikrit, Iraq by a deliberately placed mine,  Staff Sergeant Alberto B. Martinez was charged, but was acquitted in a court martial trial at Fort Bragg, NC,

- David McMenemy of Rochester Hills, Michigan crashed his car into the Edgerton Women’s Care Center in Davenport, Iowa. He then doused the lobby in gasoline and then started a fire. McMenemy committed these acts in the belief that the center was performing abortions

- Justin Carl Moose plot to bomb abortion clinics.  The FBI alleges he referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden”

- Donny Eugene Mower was arrested on federal charges of attacking a reproductive health clinic in Madera CA, and authorities said he also is responsible for vandalism and menacing signs left at the city’s Islamic center.

- Robert Pickett discharged a number of shots from a weapon in the direction of the White House,

- Richard Andrew Poplawski – Three Pittsburgh police officers are fatally shot and a fourth wounded by Richard Andrew Poplawski, who had posted his racist and anti-Semitic views on white supremacist websites.

- Project 7, two members are arrested plotting to kill judges and law enforcement officials in order to kick off a revolution,

- Charles Carl Roberts IV went into an Amish school in Lancaster County, PA and killed 5 girls before committing suicide,

- Daniel and Timothy Robinson arrested in possession of materials to make bio-chemical weapons

- Scott Roeder Assassination of Dr. George Tiller

- Daniel James Schertz, N GA White Knights member pleaded guilty to building pipe bombs designed to blow up buses carrying Mexican and Haitian migrant workers from Tennessee to Florida

- Kyle Shaw bombing of a Starbucks in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, police said his motive was to emulate “Project Mayhem” a series of assaults on corporate America

- Joseph Stack’s suicide flight into an IRS building.

- Roger Stockham was arrested in a car laden with explosives outside one of the nation’s largest mosques in Dearborn MI

 

- Texas Militia former leaders plot to attack the Federal Building in Houston,

- Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, a pair of “Patriot” movement radicals who wanted “to attack the political infrastructure”—threaten a bank in Woodburn, Oregon, with a bomb in the hopes of extorting money that would end their financial difficulties, for which they blamed the government. Instead, the bomb goes off and kills two police officers. The men eventually are convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.

- Jomar Falu Vives a Fort Carson, CO soldier and Iraq war veteran accused of killing 2 people and wounding another in drive-by shootings,

- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting by James Wenneker von Brunn,

- Lonnie Vernon and 4 others were arrested on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap or kill state troopers and a Fairbanks, Alaska judge

- Clayton Waagner, claiming to act on the part of the “Virginia Dare Chapter” of the Army Of God mailed hoax letters containing a white powder to 554 clinics,

- white supremacists planned to bomb a series of institutions associated with the black and Jewish communities including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,

- Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend on the Red Lake, MN Chippewa reservation, then went to Red Lake H.S. where he killed 7 people and wounded 5 others before committing suicide,

- Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded.

- Alexander Robert Youshock’s plot to bomb a school in San Mateo, CA